More than 220 people recently gathered at The Silo Event Center in Hopkinsville for the Christian County Chamber of Commerce 2018 Compass Awards.
“In years past, the Chamber has presented awards at our Eye-Opener Breakfast, but we’ve changed it this year,” said Christian County CoC’s Director of Events and Marketing Kirstie Darnall. s “We now host an evening event to make it feel a little more prestigious.”
After dinner and live music, awards in 15 categories were presented to local businesses.
“Tonight’s award recipients were nominated by people in the community,” Darnall said. “Those nominees were then voted on by a CoC committee. We want all of tonight’s winners to feel special for the role they and their businesses play in our community.
“This year, we’ve added a couple of new categories--awards for businesses in agriculture and health & wellness,” Darnall said. “I think two really special awards are the Sunset Award, which honors a business that has been an icon in the community but now has closed its doors for whatever reason, and the Horizon Award, which is presented to a business that has been around for less than three years but has shown tremendous growth and community involvement.”