Chamber of Commerce holds Ponte Vedra Beach Division holiday party

Recorder Publisher Susan Griffin honored as ‘Chamber Member of the Year’


The Cutter & Cutter Fine Art Gallery in Sawgrass Village was the setting for the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce’s “Holiday Merriment Party” for its Ponte Vedra Beach Division.

Guests enjoyed cocktails, entertainment and a buffet provided by Chef Tommy McDonough of Flavor Palette as they viewed the gallery’s art displays and networked with other business and community leaders.

A highlight of the event was the presentation of the chamber’s top two awards. St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Isabelle Rodriguez presented the Grace Hayes Ambassador of the Year Award to Lori Adams. Named in honor of longtime Ponte Vedra Recorder Editor Grace Hayes, the award recognizes a chamber ambassador who continually supports member businesses and the efforts of the chamber.

An independent Cabi fashion consultant, Adams thanked the chamber for its support of her business and the benefits chamber members receive to help them grow and succeed.

“Membership has its privileges!” Adams said.

The Chamber Member of the Year Award, meanwhile, was presented to Ponte Vedra Recorder Publisher Susan Griffin. The vice chair of the Ponte Vedra Beach Division board, Griffin stressed the decades-long relationship the Recorder has enjoyed with the chamber.

“As Ponte Vedra’s community paper since 1969, we’ve worked hand in hand with the chamber to highlight and support local businesses,” Griffin said, “and I’m very honored to receive this award.”