Lodians gathered Wednesday night at Hutchins Street Square to honor some of the city's leading citizens at the annual Lodi Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year Awards.
A group of about 400 gathered in the auditorium to take in the awards, which recognized five individuals and one business for their records of community building effort on Lodi's behalf.
The structure of this year's event was a departure from the chamber's traditional rules, which had until now dictated that winners' identities remain a carefully guarded secret until the night of the awards.
The change was made by Pat Patrick, the new chamber president, who was recruited last year to fill the position left vacant by the resignation of Robert Andosca.
In another notable departure from tradition, between awards audience members were treated to a varied program of musical entertainment by a collection of accomplished local musicians. This portion of the festivities was free to the public, and attracted roughly 100 people who did not hold tickets for the banquet.
The following people received awards:
- Outstanding Citizen of the Year: Don Phillips
- Industrialist of the Year: Alan Vallow
- Industry of the Year: Ag Industrial Manufacturing, represented by founders Claude Brown and Paul Burkner
- Agribusiness Person of the Year: Steven Furry
- Street Faire Volunteer of the Year: Cathy Newhall
- Volunteer of the Year: Nicole Goehring