Last Wednesday night was not only another fabulous Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce mixer. For the second year in a row, the Atwater Village Chamber of Commerce has honored a distinguished member of the community with the coveted “Villager of the Year” award. This year, the honor went to Shelli-Anne Couch, who helped raise thousands of dollars for Atwater Elementary School at a major local fundraising event this year, as well as raising funds to keep the school’s library open.
The “Villager of the Year” award is determined by community nominations and the Chamber’s votes. The Chamber looks for someone “whose noteworthy good deeds has served to preserve the uniqueness of our community or improved those areas that need improvement.”
It was touching when Shelli-Anne’s name was announced – our own brief interactions with her this year have been genuine and heartfelt. She truly deserved the award!
Because many, many individuals in Atwater Village contribute to the positive development of the community, the honorable mentions were not forgotten. Atwater Elementary Principal Charles Smith has improved student scores tremendously, and has been a staple in the community. Sandra Caravella is a founding member of the Friends of Atwater Village, and a long-time resident of the neighborhood.
Family-run business Ventura Sons & Masonry (Alex Ventura and wife wife Andy) hosted the event in their back yard, and along with a delicious spread of food the local brewery, Golden Road Brewing, provided libations.
Congratulations to Shelli-Anne, and to Atwater Village for having so many great volunteers!