Best of Best gala celebrates contest winners

On April 13, members of the Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce gathered at Camp Sunshine in Casco to celebrate the results of the Best of Best annual reader’s choice competition conducted by the Lakes Region Weekly. The competition ranked businesses and services in the Lakes Region in dozens of categories, from restaurant to financial planner. Certificates were awarded at the event to the top three businesses in each category. The evening included food and drink for all attendees, as well as opening remarks from Sebago Lakes Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Aimee Senatore and Camp Sunshine Executive Director Michael Katz.

From left, Aimee Smith, store manager at Blue Seal, and Joanna Gordon, truck and delivery driver, hold their certificate for Best Pet Store. Blue Seal earned first place in the pet store division.

From left, Pete Neelson and Karen Fuller, financial advisers at Edward Jones, enjoy an evening at Camp Sunshine. Karen Fuller was named Best Financial Planner/Adviser in this year’s Best of Best competition.

From left are Iva Carroll, vice president and branch manager at Norway Savings Bank, Matthew McDonald, owner of Cumberland Title, and Edward Getty, owner of Getty Real Estate. Cumberland Title recently opened a Windham office. Norway Savings was named best Bank/Credit Union in the 2016 Best of Best competition. 

From left, Tim Graham, managing partner at Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, and Laurie Graham, his wife, hold his certificate for Best Financial Planner.

Michael Smith, Michael Katz, Jocelyn Ferland, and Kayley Walker, from left, all of Camp Sunshine, hold their certificates for Best Day Care and Best Nonprofit Agency with characters from the movie “Monster’s Inc.” Camp Sunshine took first place for Best Nonprofit and second for Best Daycare.

Ruth York, director of group sales and special events at Point Sebago Golf Resort, with awards for Best Golf Resort and Best Wedding Location.

Tricia Zwirner, left, owner of Zwirner State Farm Insurance and Financial Services, and Karen Fuller, financial adviser at Edward Jones, took top prizes in this year’s Best of Best.

From left, Tracy Andrews, associate broker at Sunset Real Estate, Tony Brocato, owner of P&K Sand and Gravel Inc., and Janet Knights, owner of Acadia Adoption Center enjoy the Best of Best awards night. P&K Sand and Gravel came in first place for Construction/Contractor.