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 Celebration Gala on Jan. 31, 2015.
The Ly family, founders of Sugar Bowl Bakery, will be honored as the “Business Family of the Year” award along with honors 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.
“This is one of Hayward’s great traditions and reflects the esteem this city has for those that make community service 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.”
Downtown Hayward will sparkle for the holiday season again this year at the annual Light Up The Season celebration Dec. 4 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. This year’s event will include holiday bands, choirs, dancers, children’s rides, an ice-skating rink in City Hall Plaza, lighting of a huge tree in the City Hall Rotunda, and the opportunity for kids to be photographed with Santa Claus.
The principal events will occur on B Street between Mission Boulevard and City Hall Plaza. Watkins Street, in front of City Hall Plaza, will be closed for the evening. Entertainment in the City Hall rotunda and on the outdoor plaza will include performances from the Dancing Christmas Trees, the Hayward High School Marching Band, Mt. Eden High School Choir and Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of Southern Alameda County, and the New Dimension Chorus.
In addition to the traditional tree-lighting countdown in the City Hall rotunda, downtown visitors will enjoy twinkling lights and wreaths on downtown light poles on B Street from Foothill Boulevard to City Hall.
"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."