No community can survive without business and no business can survive without support from their community and the Greater Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce chose to celebrate those who have honored Lake Stevens in both business and individual service.
The Lake Stevens Chamber held their annual dinner auction and gala last Friday night at Naval Station Everett with over 100 local guests.
Lake Stevens business owners mingled with local government and law enforcement to honor those who have gone above and beyond their duty as a citizen and in turn, have helped to create a community that takes care of one another.
New inductees into the Chamber’s Hall of Fame include Fred ‘The Rose Guy’ Cushman, Warren Jones, past owner of Jay’s Market and the late Bill Clough, owner of A-Bill Productions. Each of these men have spent decades supporting Lake Stevens in countless ways.
Chamber President Marcus Tageant shared just a few examples of why these men were chosen to be included in the Hall of Fame.
Cushman has spent innumerable hours tending to the flower beds at the Lake Stevens War Memorial. He also planted and cares for the roses in the Main Street Center in downtown Lake Stevens, cutting the roses and taking them to local businesses to display.
He has been a long-time member of the Lake Stevens Kiwanis Club and American Legion Post 181. Cushman brings smiles to the faces of all those who know him and continues to work many hours on behalf of his community.
Warren Jones was the owner and operator of Jay’s Market for over 30 years and was well known for his support of schools and other organizations within the community.
He is probably best known for the thousands of photos he has taken each Halloween of all the trick-or-treaters at the Downtown Safe Halloween event. This tradition continues today, even with Jones’s retirement.
Jones has served on the Chamber Board and has been active in Lions and Kiwanis.
“The Lake Stevens community has always been paramount to Warren, he really wanted Lake Stevens to have a positive image,” Tageant read. “He wanted to see good things happen that would make Lake Stevens a better place to live, work and prosper.”
Jones was also known for his old-fashioned customer service and kindness.
Gary Wolfe, dear friend of the late Bill Clough, shared memories of the man that quietly served in the background and got a lot accomplished under the radar.
Clough was a transplant to Lake Stevens and he grew to love this community as if he had never lived anywhere else.
Clough was instrumental in the construction of the Holy Cross Catholic Church on Highway 92. His family, church and his community were his top priorities which was evident in how he lived his life. He was a constant reminder that simple acts can make great things happen.
The Chamber also announced its Business and Chamber Member of the Year that evening.
Several businesses were nominated but the honor went to the Lake Stevens Journal and Publisher Desiree Cahoon for all she has done for the Chamber and the community in the last two decades.
Cahoon has donated thousands of inches of advertising space and editorial content to local service clubs and non-profit organizations and has been a dedicated supporter of the Lake Stevens High School DECA Club.
Each year, the Journal donates all proceeds from the DECA Enterprise magazine back to the DECA Club which goes towards scholarships. She is also a regular sponsor of Aquafest, Cocoon House, Lion’s Club Crab Feed and many other worthwhile causes. This year the Journal is also a sponsor for the Relay for Life Lake Stevens.
Lake Stevens Police Chief Randy Celori was chosen among many, as the Chamber Member of the Year due to his consistent service and commitment to the members of the Chamber and his involvement with many events which bring business to the Lake Stevens area.
Celori has been instrumental in bringing the Ironman 70.3 to Lake Stevens which brings in much needed dollars to local business. He has also spent countless hours working with the city in behalf of local business.
Both Cahoon and Celori were genuinely surprised when their names were called and both were appreciative of those who surround them in both their business and personal life.