On Saturday, January 20th, 2020, Dennis & I and our family attended the Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet on behalf of Garibaldi Portside Bistro, aware that we had been nominated for the Development Project of the Year award but not expecting anything but a nod and a name mention. There were so many worthwhile community building projects in our field that we dismissed any thought of bringing home that etched glass award plaque, so when they called our name, we didn’t initially hear it. Needless to say we didn’t have a speech prepared.
Many, many Thank Yous inbound:
As I said on Facebook & Instagram:
We’re still floating after a great night! What an honor and what a surprise!
And without preparing a speech last night, below is a much more eloquent way to say thank you.
In October 2018 we took the biggest risk we’ve ever taken by purchasing an older building that needed a lot of tender loving care.
But, Dennis and I believed in each other and our vision. And we spent one year, alongside faithful volunteers and patient employees, building what would become our new Bistro Home. In Sept 2019 we opened our doors to a resounding warm welcome.
We learned a lot, we saw a lot, we cried a lot and laughed a lot. But most of all we grew personally and professionally A LOT.
There really is no way to truly express our gratitude to everyone involved in this project. We will forever be grateful, forever be humbled and forever be in your debt. May we return the favor by always trying our best to be what our community expects and deserves.
Thank you ~
Family, Friends, Guests, Team Bistro, City of Garibaldi, Port of Garibaldi, Local Businesses, [& ] Tillamook CountyTillamook [Area] Chamber of Commerce.
And thank you to the friends who recorded the announcement of our win and sent us the link.
They really do say our name. We really did win. 🙂