Finalists for the community’s 2021 top honors were announced this week by The Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce.

The nomination process was open through November and early December. During this time, the public was invited to help recognize special individuals and organizations using the Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce online nomination portal.

For 2021, there are just two finalists for each of the three honors being presented, after several finalists declined their nominations. The public is invited to vote online for each category through January 12, at: https://dbcoc.cc/2021nominees

THE FINALISTS:

Citizen of the Year:

  • Rita Caruso
  • Debbie Finnegan

Business of the Year:

  • All in one Limousine Services
  • The Discovery Bay Marina

NonProfit of  the Year:

  • Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Some Gave all the Joey Graves Foundation

*Business and NonProfit of the Year Nominees must be active Members of Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce to qualify for consideration.

VOTE NOW @  https://dbcoc.cc/2021nominees

Honorable Mentions:

Many worthy Nominees were named by the community. The Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize those mentioned most significantly, but either did not qualify or declined their nominations, and congratulate these valued individuals, businesses and organizations recognized for their community contributions, as well.

The Honorable Mentions go to:

Citizen of the Year HM’s: Casey Banks, Dave Black, Michael Callahan, Lisa Combs, Tony George, Kevin Graves, Angela Martinez, Jim Mattison, and Cindy Patterson.

Business of the Year HM’s: DB Chandlery, Callahan’s Coffee & Cones, Corcoran GL, Freedom Pools, French Flea No.7, Mike & Jules Guzzardo Team, and Uptown Trends.

Non Profit of the Year HM’s:  All God’s Children School, the Delta Leo Club, Discovery Bay Community Foundation, Discovery Bay Lions Club, Discovery Bay Yacht Club Splashers, Kaleidoscope, Save the Delta, and St Anne’s Church.

The voting process has begun.  Any member of the Discovery Bay community can cast their votes online for one of the Finalists in each category. Voting will close January 12th and winners will be announced at the DBCOC annual State of the Town Gala on April 2nd, 2022.  Tickets for the Gala will go on sale in February.

VOTE NOW @  https://dbcoc.cc/2021nominees

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR NOMINEE PROFILES:

RITA CARUSO – NOMINEE/FINALIST, DISCOVERY BAY 2021 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Rita Caruso has lived with her husband John and their children in the Discovery Bay Community for 22 years.

Rita is an active boater, having lived on Willow Lake and now the Delta Waterfront here in Discovery Bay and is an active community proponent.

She was a President of the Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce for 2 consecutive years and a board member for 5 years. 

In 2021

  • Rita is currently Vice President of the Lions Club formerly serving as Secretary and has volunteered for the Lions club for the last 10 years.
  • Rita Co-Chaired the 2021 Big Cat Poker Run
  • Rita was involved in the just acquired Community Christmas Tree.
  • Rita serves as a judge for the Discovery Bay Parade of Lights and has been involved in the event for 13 years.
  • Rita is a major sponsor of Loaves and Fishes feeding the homeless of Contra Costa County, The Community Summer Concerts, Parade of Lights and The Community Christmas Tree
DEBBIE FINNEGAN – NOMINEE/FINALIST, DISCOVERY BAY 2021 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Debbie Finnegan and her husband Terry moved from Pleasanton to Discovery Bay in May of 2019 and they immediately fell in love with the Disco Bay way of life. Shortly thereafter, they bought a boat and joined the Yacht Club.  In January 2021, Debbie became the Director of Membership of the DBYC.  This year she has interviewed and onboarded approximately 60 new memberships and has volunteered in various yacht club events.  In June of 2020, she became the President of the Discovery Bay Lions Club.  In August, with the help and dedication of many volunteers and against all odds, she spearheaded the annual Big Cat Poker Run which raised more than $100,000. 

Debbie is a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley in Walnut Creek.  In her spare time, she enjoys boating, gardening, traveling, and socializing with friends and family.  She and Terry together have four daughters, three granddaughters and a Frenchie named Gidget. She is a past board member of the Pleasanton Lions Club and the Accounting and Finance Women’s Alliance East Bay Chapter. 

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR NOMINEE PROFILES:

ALL IN ONE LIMOUSINE – NOMINEE/FINALIST, 2021 DISCOVERY BAY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

All in One Limo has served  the community in many ways,  Adopting Families at both Thanksgiving & Christmas. 

Always giving Limo Certificates for Auctions& Fundraisers, ie: Schools, HOW,  Children Halloween Parade , Make a Wish foundation, Camp Concord, Walnut Acres and many more. They work with the Weekend Road Warriors   Donating Limo’s to Welcome home those who have served our Country.  They have always supported our Local schools and donated Limos to the Kids School Fundraiser.    Cindy has held Positions on the Board of Directors for Both the Chamber of Commerce and the DBYC.

Bob and Cindy started the Business in 2008 w/ just 2 cars. 13yrs later they have grown to a fleet of 8 car. They specialize in customer detail, they listen to their customers wants & needs, personalizing whenever possible. Cindy will go above & beyond to make the event special. 

They offer Wine tours, Airport & Pier service, weddings, shop for the Dress limos, Birthday Celebrations, Quinceras, just a night out on the town.  Pretty much anything you need, don’t forget about the “Silver” Service.  offering rides to Dr appts, medical procedures, grocery shopping or just a day of errand for those who need a driver.

DISCOVERY BAY MARINA – NOMINEE/FINALIST, 2021 DISCOVERY BAY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Joe & Denise Eldam became the new owners of The Discovery Bay Marina in Dec. 2019.  They had one objective. To revitalize the Marina & make it the Life of Discovery Bay once again,

To turn it into a vibrant happening, hangout spot for people of all ages. They immediately started listening to what the community really wanted & one thing was to bring back the Rosemarie, so that is the first of many changes they had made.. Another was to lower the gas & propane prices, they knew this was a challenge, being faced with covid but they managed to do this for the community. They did this because at the core of their belief that all people should be able to enjoy the excitement and fun of boating and water activities. Inline with their business philosophy they next set their dry storage & wet berths rental pricing below market rate.  The Marina is here to bring family fun back to boating and to make the experience affordable for all.  The Marina now has Boat rentals such as CB Pontoon, which also have water bikes to rent as well, they also brought Freedom Boat Club to the Marina, also soon you will see a “snack shack” that has been in the works since May 2021, 

Joe and Denise have released property rights to members of the community to give specific homeowners the right to build their own dock for their private use as well…In an effort to energize the Marina and keep customers happy we have hosted many events such as Big Cat Poker Run, Food truck Roundups which has been the communities favorites  Whether its food, shopping or water sports and boating , The Discovery Bay Marina is now the place to be, A perfect way to enjoy the beautiful California weather.

NON PROFIT OF THE YEAR NOMINEE PROFILES:

DISCOVERY BAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – NOMINEE/FINALIST, 2021 DISCOVERY BAY NON PROFIT OF THE YEAR *Editor’s Note: This is not a charitable 501c3 organization

The Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce is a California non-profit corporation representing hundreds of local businesses.  Incorporated in 1996, the DBCC is governed by a five-person, volunteer, board of directors.  Spreading local business awareness through Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting events,  engaging the community with local business mixers, and providing educational programs through our many partnerships, the DBCC focuses on its mission to foster economic vitality and improve the quality of life in Discovery Bay and the greater Delta region.

2021 Events included a Community Garage Sale, Shredding Day, State the Town Event  , Ribbon Cuttings for new businesses, 4th of July parade, Food Truck Round Ups, Scare Crow contest , Cookies , Cocoa and Ice cream with Santa,  Bingo& Bunco events  to raise Money for the DB Holiday Tree

SOME GAVE ALL – THE JOEY GRAVES FOUNDATION – NOMINEE/FINALIST, 2021 DISCOVERY BAY NON PROFIT OF THE YEAR

Some Gave All – The Joey Graves Foundation was inspired by the sacrifice of SPC Joseph A. Graves – KIA 25 Jul 06 Baghdad, Iraq.  The foundation was established to honor all of the fallen – ‘Inspired by one….to honor all’.

Our primary mission is to support Gold Star Families and to provide a healthy path to grieving.  By creating opportunities for families of the fallen to come together and to share the unique path we have been destined to walk, we support each other, we save lives and we honor our heroes.  They will never be forgotten.

In the twelve years since its inception, the foundation has created venues that have contributed to the wellbeing of veterans, their families and active duty servicemembers.  We do this by providing emotional, spiritual and financial support.  To date we have over $100,000 in college scholarships dedicated and distributed to children of the fallen.

It has been accurately said that “Freedom is everyone’s job” and we agree. We have a solemn duty to help those who are willing to risk all for our freedom.