The Marana Chamber of Commerce announced the winners for the 2011 Community & Business Builder of the Year award recently. Some of the winners are pictured above, including Chili’s Grill & Bar representative Adam Dingman, at left, Emil Tompkins of Tompkins Family Chiropractic, Project PPEP’s Barbara Simcoe and Twin Peaks Veterinary Center Dr. Beth Neuman.

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On Feb. 16, the Marana Chamber of Commerce presented the 2011 Community & Business Builder of the Year Awards.

The winners included:

Tompkins Family Chiropractic

Tompkins Family Chiropractic’s mission is to serve, educate, and empower. In 2011, they once again spearheaded the Stuff the Bus project to collect school supplies for Marana students and teachers. During the holidays, they partnered with Wal-Mart to provide 140 Thanksgiving food boxes to needy families in Picture Rocks, as well as Christmas gifts for families in Marana. They also partnered with Casas Church in a shoe drive that collected over 1,200 pairs of shoes. Dr. Tompkins donates time with at-risk high school students, and when a former employee became licensed as a massage therapist, he provided space where she could build her clientele before opening her own business.

Twin Peaks Veterinary Center, in business for 2 years

After only two years, Twin Peaks Veterinary Center has become an integral part of the Marana community. The center collects food for the community food bank, provides reduced-cost services to the town’s police dogs, and partners with a local dog trainer to offer rattlesnake avoidance classes for dogs. The center provides internships for third- and fourth-year veterinary students, and Dr. Neuman regularly participates in local career days. In addition to its popular “Yappy Hours” offering clients low-cost preventive care, Twin Peaks now works with Spay and Neuter Solutions, a local non-profit that funds pet neutering for those in need.

Chili’s Bar and Grill, in business in Marana for 5 years

Chili’s Bar and Grill prides itself on giving back to the community. During its “Give Back Nights,” it donates 10% of all restaurant receipts to organizations such as Mountain View Cheer, Degrazia Elementary School, Thornydale Elementary PTO, and the Marana Football League. It also donates food items as well as gift cards and baskets to local organizations for fundraisers and special events. Working with the Work Adjustment Training program, Chili’s sponsored a young man to spend time in the restaurant to learn routine job skills. Daniel proved himself to be such an asset, he is now a permanent part of the Chili’s team.

Project Portable Practical Educational Preparation (PPEP), In business for 44 years/20 years in Marana

Project PPEP (Portable Practical Educational Preparation) provides after-school and summer educational programs for at-risk students at Marana High School. These programs are funded through various grants at no cost to the school district. In addition to their emphasis on youth and education, PPEP provides adult employment and training opportunities in conjunction with Pima County One Stop, WIA Migrant and Seasonal Farm-worker programs, and the state’s Case Management program. PPEP also provides emergency assistance to Marana residents, and manages the Don Frew apartment complex that includes 18 low-income housing units.

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