St. Pete Chamber of Commerce announces “Good ‘Burgers” — and it has nothing to do with food

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A handful of businesses were honored by the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce last night for being good ‘Burgers – as in, St. Petersburgers. The Chamber defines a good ‘Burger as a business or organization in Greater St. Pete that makes a positive impact on the community. The group also chooses a Most Valuable ‘Burger that can be an individual.

 “The Good ‘Burger Awards, now in its second year, allows us to reflect on those members who stood out in the community over this past year as having a significant impact in our Sunshine City,”  St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chris Steinocher said.

Here’s a list of the winners:

  • The Dali Museum (arts and culture)
  • Chik fil A, Fourth Street (eats and treats)
  • CASA (Community Service and non-profits)
  • Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill (hotspots and hangouts)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (sports)
  • St. Petersburg College (education)
  • Crown Automotive Group (cool companies, large)
  • Visit St. Pete/Clearwater (cool companies, medium)
  • The Bicycle Store of St. Petersburg (cool companies, small)

And the most valuable ‘Burger award went to Dr. Jonathan M. Ellen, M.D. from All Children’s Hospital.

More than 130 nominees were selected in ten categories by a committee of volunteers. Once the nominees were chosen, St. Pete residents were able to vote for their favorites online from June 23 to July 27. Nearly 10,000 votes were cast.

About 400 people attended the Good ‘Burger Awards at Janice Live. The event, sponsored by Jannus Live, On Q Financial, Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg Downtown, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, SPCA Tampa Bay, The Corporate Coaching Center, Adams and Reese, LLP, Cheers! Events, Galen College of Nursing, St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport and USAmeriBank, featured live music by local artists Chloe & Angela, Brielle Carter, Freelow and Eric Best.

Burgers, the food, did make an appearance. The awards ceremony had a fully loaded burger bar.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email [email protected]