Peoria Chamber of Commerce celebrates achievements, progress of community


PEORIA, Ill.– Embracing change, celebrating achievements and honoring progress. All things surrounding the Peoria Area Chamber Of Commerce 44th Annual Community Thanksgiving luncheon.

The opportunity gives local leaders a chance to applaud our community’s success while being in the holiday spirit.

Awards also presented to small businesses, young professionals, and more to highlight prosperity.

The award winners honored this year include:

  • Community Wealth Award: Peoria Park District
  • Outstanding Small Business Award [1-25 Employees]: Essential Wellness Pharmacy
  • Outstanding Small Business Award [26-150 Employees]: Hoerr Nursery
  • ATHENA Young Professional Award: Tess Lough
  • ATHENA International Woman of the Year Award: Carol Merna
  • Tom Connor Service Award: John G. Sahn

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce also recognized chamber membership anniversaries and member business milestones. These milestones include Howard & Howard’s 150th year in business, F&M Bank’s 150th year in business, the Peoria Park District’s 125th year in business, and the Creve Coeur Club of Peoria’s 125th year in business.

The Young Professionals Organization of Greater Peoria hosted a food drive on Thursday. The over 800 people in attendance brought items to donate to the Peoria Area Food Bank.

About the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization of local businesses, delivering value to its members by cultivating a thriving business environment in the Peoria area. The Chamber is the leading voice for business in the region through political advocacy. The Chamber strategically leads local organizations to improve the quality of place in the region. For more information visit or contact our Director of Communications, Brandon Thompson at

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