In a unique twist on its tradition, the Hayward Chamber of Commerce will honor a family with its Business Person of the Year Award at the 71st Annual Hayward Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala on Jan. 31, 2015.
The Ly family, founders of Sugar Bowl Bakery, will be honored as the “Business Family of the Year” along with recognition going to recipients of the Educator, Firefighter, and Police Officer of the Year.
The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in the University Union on the Hayward campus of California State University, East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. Reservations for the event, which is black tie optional, are $125 apiece and $1,000 for a table and can be arranged at the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, 22561 Main St. Formal invitations were mailed to chamber members Dec. 8.
“This is one of Hayward’s great traditions and reflects the esteem this city has for those that make community service part of their life’s work,” said Kim Huggett, president and CEO of the chamber. “The fact that the gala sells out every year says a lot about Hayward.”
"Our travel programs have been popular for years because of the spectacular locations, professional in-country guides, and great value," said Hayward Chamber of Commerce President Kim Huggett. "Plus our excursions are safe and secure. Recent trips have been to China, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Thailand. Join us to see why traveling with the Hayward Chamber of Commerce is so popular."
Hayward Chamber of Commerce President Kim Huggett praised the community contributions of the Southland Mall and its ongoing stimulation of the city's economy at a celebration honoring the mall's 50th anniversary held Sept. 25 at the Hayward Area Historical Society. His remarks follow.
"It is my pleasure to be here this evening to recognize Southland Mall for its historic contributions to the city of Hayward. As a member of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce for 54 years, the mall and its ownership groups have played a significant role in the economic development of our city.
"Think about our neighboring cities along the 880 corridor, both north and south, and how, without Southland, Hayward shoppers would be using the shopping centers there. Without the foresight to develop Southland Mall in the 1960s, our shopping dollars, and sales taxes, would be going to other communities, not to mention the jobs.