McLean Chamber Awards 'Restaurant of the Year'

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce honored local business people and community members Oct. 6 at the organization’s annual “Suits and Sneakers Celebration,” held at the Pavilions of Turkey Run at Claude Moore Colonial Farm.

Chamber members, local officials and awardees – many wearing the event’s standard uniform of business suits combined with tennis shoes – sampled cuisine and libations from restaurants and vendors, pored over pamphlets and displays set out by community organizations, and bid on silent-auction items.

Award winners received a glass trophy, a letter from U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and cheers from onlookers.

This year’s honorees were:

• Former Del. Robert Brink (D-48th), Community Leadership Award.

• John Alford, Police Officer of the Year.

• James Davison, Auxiliary Police Officer of the Year.

• McLean Square Associates (Georges Tawil), Corporate Partner.

• Food Bus Inc. (Kathleen Weil) and board members Melani Spiegel and Stacy Leff, Community Volunteers of the Year.

• Mo Jebali of Pulcinella The Italian Host, Outstanding Business Citizen.

• Fuad Sahouri of Sahouri Insurance, Hometown Hero.

• Dal Grano Restaurant (Jozef Valko), New Business of the Year.

• Derek Blain, principal owner of Keller Williams Realty McLean/Great Falls, Community Impact Award.

El Tio Tex-Mex Grill, Restaurant of the Year.

• Katie Simmons Hickey of George Mason Mortgage, Community Champion.

• Brian Trompeter of the Sun Gazette Newspapers, Media Partner of the Year.

• Mike Hoffman, Firefighter of the Year.

• Ramsey Kysia, EMT Firefighter of the Year.

• Operation Turbo (Dyan Zurick Smith), Non-Profit of the Year.

• Flowers & Plants, Etc. (Chip Frederick), Small Business of the Year.

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