OHscars raises $8,500 for fireworks

Melissa Riker of Flyers Restaurant & Brewery won the grand raffle prize at the OHscars banquent in Oak Harbor Feb. 28. The event raised money for July 4.

Toppins Frozen Yogurt took home top honors as Business of the Year Friday during the annual Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

The second annual “OHscars,” a takeoff on the Oscars, highlighted favorite comedy films and movie-themed table displays were raffled off along with gift baskets.

Proceeds from the $50-a-seat dinner goes toward the Oak Harbor Fourth of July fireworks display.

“I thought the event was a great success this year and people really seemed to enjoy themselves,” said Kathy Reed, Oak Harbor chamber executive director.

Reed served as master of ceremonies.

Whidbey Coffee, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, was revealed as the 2014 Grand Fireworks Sponsor, donating the first $6,000. In addition, the event raised roughly $2,500 for a total of $8,500 so far.

Reed said the chamber typically raises at least $14,000 for the event and now has about $6,000 to go for 2014.

“Our annual fireworks display is one example of how our businesses support the community and we’re so grateful to Whidbey Coffee for their extremely generous contribution to this year’s celebration,” Reed said.

The evening featured a comedy roast of Oak Harbor Chamber president Jason McFadyen. It included a monologue from his mother, Carmen McFadyen, and video featuring wisecracks from community and business leaders including Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson, Oak Harbor City Councilman Joel Servatius, and Jes Walker-Wise, Peoples Bank manager.

“Special thanks to my parents for being a part of the roast Kathy did of me … look out, mom — I’m gunning for you!” McFadyen said.

McFadyen congratulated the night’s winners and personally thanked Whidbey Coffee for stepping up to be the grand sponsor of the Fourth of July fireworks.

Other awards Friday went to: Sherwin Williams, the Business Community Service Award; Whidbey Coffee, the John Platt Customer Service Award; the Oak Harbor Area Council of Navy League, Service Organization of the Year; Lynn Copeland of Whidbey Inspirations, Chamber Member of the Year; Cascade Custom Homes, Quality Award; Home Depot, Employer of the Year; Scott Fraser/Fidalgo Avenue Block Party and Pig Roast, the Acorn Award; Wayne Locke, Caldwell Banker Tara, Funniest Performance by a Chamber Member; Peggy Burton, Burton Photographics, Ambassador of the Year; Patrick Travenetti, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Volunteer of the Year; Oak Harbor Lions/Eyeglasses and Vision Program, Best Community Service Program.

“It’s always nice to be recognized when you’re doing a good job, so it’s a wonderful thing to be able to honor members of Oak Harbor’s business community,” Reed said.