This time next week we will be in full prep-mode as the Chamber gets set to host our inaugural Santee Heroes Luncheon! The concept isn't necessarily new... we have been hosting community awards as long as I've been at the Chamber (which mind you, is only the past five years). However, these awards have traditionally been given at our annual Awards Night event which was just held last month. Although I love both the business awards AND the community awards, it seems we have so many wonderful people and businesses in Santee that it was time to let them each have their fifteen minutes without one overshadowing the other.
Santee shines when it comes to our local heroes. These people range from elected officials, public servants, first responders, non-profit organizations, and churches to amazing residents who are volunteers. We look forward to highlighting some of these members who make a significant difference in our community, but none more than Buddy Rabaya (see pic below!). Buddy and I met several years ago as I learned more about SMOAC and I'd see him at any and every Santee event, quietly working or helping someone in the background. His efforts in our town are hard to ignore, and it's time those who don't know him get the opportunity to meet this man making huge strides for positive change in town. Please take the time to congratulate our 2018 Person of the Year by joining us as we celebrate Buddy and so many other at next Friday's Santee Heroes Luncheon. I hope to see you all there!