Emotions ran high at the 117th Tracy Area Chamber of Commerce Celebration Banquet at The Caboose on Friday.
Four individuals, a volunteer organization and a business were honored with various Chamber awards, and three new members were added to the organization.
Chamber Director Lexi Erickson emceed the event and said even though many Chamber-sponsored festivities couldn’t take place in 2020 because of the pandemic, she was grateful the Chamber was able to hold the Miss Tracy Scholarship Program, which was live-streamed.
“That wouldn’t have happened without the support from our sponsors and from two very smart people I’m lucky enough to know — Cody Welu and Shawn Zwach — and the support from the administration at Tracy Area Public Schools,” Erickson said.
Erickson also said last year’s Halloween Parade which was moved to the area near Sanford Tracy was a big hit, as were the two photo-with-Santa events, one being a drive-thru occasion.
“I’m just very happy to be standing here tonight, seeing everyone in the crowd, supporting the Chamber and all of our hard-working individuals,” she said.
The first award given out Friday was for the Chamber’s Outstanding Citizen — Tracy Area Public Schools Supt. Chad Anderson who was introduced by Jesse James.
James said that Anderson, who has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, is a dedicated volunteer who has helped coach youth football, basketball and baseball; he also coached football and basketball in Arlington, SD, in the mid- and late 90s. He serves on the Tracy Development Corporation, is an active member of Tracy Lutheran Church and the Tracy Lions Club and is currently a Mason, a member of the Sons of the American Legion and is president of the Tracy Kiwanis. Anderson also serves on a number of boards associated with education. In 2008, he was named the Chamber’s Boss of the Year.
Anderson and his wife, Darci, have three children: Cobey, Caden and Avery.
“I have the distinct honor of being his colleague for quite a few years, and I can guarantee you he wholeheartedly will do anything for his students and his community,” said James, a former teacher at Tracy Area High School.
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