Bill Adler

Oro Valley resident Bill Adler, a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, regularly attends council meetings to voice his concerns.

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The Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual awards banquet on Aug. 8, honoring local businesses and residents for continued contributions to making the community better.

The breakfast, held at the Tucson El Conquistador, drew 330 guests.

Longtime Oro Valley residents Bill Adler and Paul Loomis, along with three local businesses and a non-profit, received awards.

Adler, long active in community policy discussions and a generous supporter of causes such as the Oro Valley Historical Society and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, received the Chamber’s Legacy Award for his constant community service.

Loomis, a former Oro Valley mayor and current leader of the historical society as well as the Oro Valley Community Foundation, was named Outstanding Community Leader.

The Oro Valley Community Foundation was recognized as the non-profit organization of the year.

 Other award recipients included HBS Management Solutions, small business; The Summit Hut, mid-size business; and Meggitt / Securaplane, large business.

Michael Luria, director of Children’s Museum Tucson, gave the keynote address. The museum is preparing to open a satellite location in Oro Valley.

Luria said the satellite facility will cost upwards of $600,000. With the museum putting up $200,000 and the Town of Oro Valley giving $200,000, Luria said it will take raising funds through the community to make the museum a reality in Oro Valley.

Other award nominees were, small business, Arizona Beds, Jeff Saunders; and Accounting Allies, MaryAlice Bachani and Jennifer Leinhos; mid-size business, Cadden Community Management, Mike Cadden; and Hudbay Minerals / Rosemont Project; large business, Long Realty Co.; and non-profit, Golden Goose Thrift Shop; Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library; Amphi Schools Foundation, American Legion Oro Valley Post 132 and Auxiliary; and IMPACT of Southern Arizona.

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