by: SPOKESMAN FILE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Sue and Dave Deumling of Wilsonville Chiropractic and Northwest Wellness Center, pictured here at the 2012 Vitality Awards gala, are just two past winners at the Wilsonvilles Chambers annual event. This year, the gala is set for April 11 at the Wilsonville Holiday Inn.The Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce is now taking nominations for its fourth annual Vitality Awards gala set this year for April 11.

This year’s event will be at the Wilsonville Holiday Inn, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Dinner is at 7:30 p.m., the “dessert dash” at 8 p.m. and awards after that. This year, the room will be transformed into an underground speakeasy and will feature gambling tables, all free, a full bar and socializing.

At the heart of the evening, however, are the awards. Each is given to a Wilsonville Chamber member, and you can nominate your own business or a neighboring business you feel is deserving of an award. Vitality Awards categories include Most Inventive Business or Organization of the Year, Excellence in Customer Service, Community Partner of the Year, Chamber Partner of the Year and Best Workplace Culture.

In addition to the Vitality Awards, 10 “Best of” awards also will be handed out at the gala. “Best of” nominations will be accepted through Feb. 28 via a survey link on the chamber website, Voting for the “Best of” awards will take place March 3-28. Watch for links on the chamber website through which you can cast your vote.

“Best of” categories this year include Best Quick Eats, Best Dine-in Restaurant, Best Retail, Best Community Event and Experience, Best Professional Medical, Best Holistic Health, Best Wellness and Beauty, Best Professional “Business-to-Business” Business, Best “Business-to-Consumer” Business and Best New Business (that started in 2013).

Nominations are due in to the chamber office by 5 p.m. March 14. All nominees must be chamber members in good standing and all nominations must be for local or regional work or actions done in the 2013 calendar year.

Supporting documentation, photos, statistics and testimonials are encouraged. All submissions are vetted by the special events committee for accuracy. Incomplete nominations will not be accepted.

Tickets for this year’s gala are $40 each, $400 for a corporate table of eight. After March 3 individual ticket prices jump to $50. All tickets must be purchased by April 7, no exceptions.

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