Chamber to Recognize Award Winners at Celebrate Coronado Event

The Coronado Chamber of Commerce is honored to recognize the police officers, firefighters, lifeguards and city employees who safeguard Coronado’s streets, houses, beaches and parks. In recognition of their hard work, the Chamber will host its annual community-wide celebration, Celebrate Coronado, to honor the city and all of its local heroes. This event provides the community with a unique opportunity to give thanks and celebrate on Wednesday, July 19 from 5-8pm.

“We can’t wait to have the community join us in this annual celebration of all things Coronado,” said Sue Gillingham, Executive Director at the Coronado Chamber of Commerce.

The event is open to the public and tickets are on sale now for only $65. The Chamber is also asking the community to help “Host a Hero” by purchasing a special $50 ticket so that a Coronado firefighter, police officer, lifeguard or city employee can attend this celebratory event, thrown in their honor, for free. “Hosting a hero is the perfect way to thank these hardworking men and women for all they do for us,” Sue Gillingham said. “It’s such a fun event each year, and we hope the community will help us recognize our heroes.”

This event includes the Chamber’s Annual Community Awards, including the local Police Officer of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, Lifeguard of the Year, City Employee of the Year and Naval Base Coronado Firefighter of the Year. Additionally, the Chamber will present their selected Volunteer of the Year and Lewis R. Hardy, Jr. Award for service to the community and induct their new 2018-2019 Board of Directors.

The Chamber is pleased to announce the award winners for 2018 as follows:

  • Police Officer(s) of the Year- Coronado Police Officer Grace Del Bagno, Police Services Officer Rocky Rhys, and Dispatcher Jill Branch

    NBC Firefighter of the Year, Petty Officer Justin Demember
  • Firefighter of the Year- Firefighter Paramedic Royce Copeman
  • Lifeguard of the Year- Douglass Lansing Mann Jr.
  • NBC Firefighter of the Year- Justin Demember
  • City Employee of the Year- Michele Barcello

All are invited to attend this celebratory evening to show their gratitude to these amazing award winners! Tickets include the local restaurant showcase dinner, drinks and live music. There will also be a cash bar and opportunity prizes from a variety of local businesses up for grabs.

Businesses interested in sponsoring the event or donating to the raffle are encouraged to call the Chamber office.

Get ready for an exciting evening of chef creations and community while we celebrate all things Coronado! Learn more and purchase your tickets today on the Chamber website or by calling the office. Any questions or requests for further information can be directed to the Chamber staff at (619) 435-9260 or

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