Graham Hill Eyecare takes 2019 Hall of Fame award

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“Shepparton’s a great place to live,” – Graham Hill

SIXTEEN local businesses celebrated their wins at this year’s 2019 White King – Pental 95.3 Triple M Business Awards Gala Dinner evening on Friday night, where 465 guests joined together to not only discover who was crowned winners of each category, but to see Graham Hill Eyecare take out this year’s illustrious chamber business Hall of Fame.

Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry executive officer, Lucy Cerrone said, “We were so pleased with the number of nominations we saw come in this year. It really goes to show that we have some great businesses across the region, and that the community knows how much they deserve to be recognised.

“The Gala Dinner evening was fantastic once again this year. It was wonderful to see all of the networking and excitement in the room.

“We were pleased to have the support of our major sponsor White King – Pental as well as all our other sponsors, 95.3 Triple M, WIN TV, The Adviser, Harvey Norman, WDEA Works, GOTAFE, Shepparton Show Me and the Greater Shepparton Business Centre, Greater Shepparton City Council, La Trobe University, Tourism Greater Shepparton, GV Health and the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“The highlight of the event of course, as in other years, is the presentation of the Hall of Fame recipient and this year was no exception. Last year’s Hall of Fame winner, Dale Wright from Dale Wright Portrait Maker made the announcement of Graham Hill Eyecare as this year’s honoured Hall of Fame inductee. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Graham and Mark and all of the team at Graham Hill Eyecare.

“This year we also enjoyed seeing so many young women receive recognition for outstanding performance in business across the board. We would like to extend a big thank you to all of the judges on this year’s judging panel. There were many categories this year, which were very close and it made the judge’s jobs even more difficult. This year Visitors Experience of the Year was split into 3 sections, Tourism – Accommodation, Tourism – Festivals & Attractions and Tourism – Hospitality. It was very inspiring to hear all of the comments from judges. The people behind these businesses are our future leaders and it’s important to recognise them for all their efforts.

“We would also like to extend our thanks to the Eastbank Centre and staff as well as Vijay from ARJ Catering for their tremendous efforts and delicious food particularly catering to such a large crowd, they did a wonderful job. Also to Mark Brodie from Shepparton Access (Eco Store) for the centrepieces filled with local produce and Matty and Jamie Hooper for the wonderful music.

“On behalf of the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry, I’d like to extend our sincere congratulations to all of the winners on the night and what a wonderful celebration of the business community in Greater Shepparton.”