It was an evening of recognition as the Pacific Area Chamber of Commerce and Pacific Partnership handed out plaques and awards for community volunteers Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Eagles Hall.

To set the tone for the evening, which was billed as a Christmas social, the Pacific High School jazz band played a medley of holiday and popular tunes as the Eagles kitchen staff spread out a buffet.

More than a dozen people were called to the front of the Eagles Hall to be recognized for making the community a better place. Approximately 175 people attended the event.

The top honor went to Pam Manuel, who was named the Chamber Citizen of the Year. (See separate story.)

The Chamber also recognized leaders of the business community, presenting plaques to Karen Brueggemann with Farmers & Merchants Bank for Chamber Member of the Year; Dave Clapper of Show Me Auto Body was honored as a Pioneer in Business; and Presley Glass was named Business of the Year.

Three first responders — paramedic Michael Krueger, firefighter engineer Jeffrey Horton and Police Sgt. James Klingler — received a standing ovation as they accepted distinguished service awards sponsored by The Missourian.

The Pacific Partnership named Chris Niemoeller its Partnership Member of the Year and recognized Alderman Steve Myers, Pat Dubuque, Loyd Harris and Jim Harris for their work on Partnership events.

The Pacific Band Boosters were awarded a $500 check and recognition for assistance in conducting the Partnership’s Heritage Day Celebration.

A combined special recognition went to Adam Krauss, Chamber director and Partnership events chair, for the enthusiasm he has brought to public events.