The Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce celebrated the last year, current and new members, and award winners at its annual reception at Hillcrest Country Club in Adel on Tuesday night. The Chamber presented Citizen of the Year and Business of the Year awards.


The Citizen of the Year award went to the McAdon family, including Kent and Shirley. Shirley is currently on the Adel City Council and Kent is a previous member of the City Council. They also started the archery range in Adel.


The Business of the Year award went to Fareway.


Shirley McAdon expressed that she was “grateful” to the Adel Chamber after it was announced that she and Kent were receiving the award, which they accepted with their son David and his wife Julie.


“They’ve been in the forefront of featuring businesses, welcoming new businesses, partnering with the City and promoting economic development,” Shirley said.


The McAdon Family was a finalist for the award, along with Braden Nemecheck and Eric Schepers and Shirley said that they were “very honored to know that our community values the volunteers that they have.”


One of the questions that is asked of people when they are choosing who to nominate is “what have they given to the community?”


“I think that, for us, we like to be part of consensus building so that our community gathers together to do the projects,” Shirley said. “We want to be part of making Adel a great place to live.”


Fareway store manager Cory Johnson accepted the award alongside Mike Timmer, Jeff Whipple and Adam Pettyjohn. The other two finalists were the Adel Family Fun Center and Eric Schepers State Farm Insurance.


Johnson and Whipple also expressed a shock at being selected for the award, but that it felt good to be recognized.


“We don’t do anything extra just to get recognized,” Johnson said. “We do it because that’s what we’re trained and what we do.”


During the presentation, the nomination letter that was read stated Fareway’s contributions to the community and to the A-D-M School District as well. They also help out with boy scouts, girl scouts, the Sweet Corn Festival and much more throughout each year.


They also help out by taking up collections for the Adel Food Pantry and helping them out.


“Nine times out of 10, when we do stuff for the Food Pantry, basically, we just give it to them at cost,” said Whipple, who works at the meat counter. “We don’t try to make a profit out of it or anything like that.”


Johnson and Whipple talked about the experience they have getting to know people on a personal level, working at Fareway.


Johnson mentioned the experience with seeing people they know bring in newborn babies and getting to see them grow up through the years.


“You get to see the whole aspect of it a lot of times. You get to know the whole family,” Johnson said. “You almost feel a part of it sometimes.”


As far as the turnout at the event, Deb Bengtson, Director of the Adel Chamber, said it was “fantastic.” She said that it was exciting that people were telling her that they were meeting new people during the event.


“It just shows how much we’re growing and how exciting it is,” Bengtson said. “There’s new businesses coming in all the time.”


She also said that it was “great” to be able to give the awards out to the McAdon family and to Fareway at this year’s event.


“Everybody that was nominated was so deserving, but our two winners are two strong pillars of our community,” Bengtson said. “When you heard what Shirley and Kent and David and Julie are involved in, it’s everything.


“And Fareway gets contacted for every event, every donation and they step up and do it every time. I mean, what two better partners can we have in the community?”