Another year, another spirit filled day in Norfolk!
Thousands of hospitality workers were honored at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center on the downtown Norfolk waterfront on May 8, 2012.
Its all part of National Travel and Tourism Week.
Once again, the band and cheerleaders from
Booker T. Washington High School entertained us.
Erin Filarecki from Visit Norfolk told us: “We have over 7,000 employees in the travel and tourism industry.This is there special day to honor them…everything that they do behind the scenes that visitors don’t necessarily see.”
But something was clearly missing this year, lawyer and philanthropist, Peter Decker, Jr.
“Uncle Pete” as he was affectionately known by many passed away in February.He had served as emcee of this event for several years. This year’s event served as a special tribute to him. A special video highlighted his contributions to the rally over the years.
His three sons- Pete, Paul, and Phil took over those duties.
The Downtown Norfolk Council won for most spirited small group.
Here’s the complete list of winners:
Admissions: Gay Jones, Norfolk Scope
Assistant: Mary Ellen Fournier Virginia Arts Festival
Audio Visual: Mike Villare with Ted Constant Convocation Center
Banquets: Sheneda Latham-Hollis with Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Norfolk
Bartender & Overall Winner: Joe Allen with Norfolk Airport Hilton
Corporate Liaison: Rita Super with Norfolk Southern Corp.
Docent: Hunt Lewis with the Hampton Roads Naval Museum
Driver: Mark Lett with Orange Peel Transportation
Front Desk: Cheryl Mathis with Residence Inn by Marriott – Norfolk Airport
Hostess: Tierra Jones with Shula’s 347 Norfolk Waterside Marriott
Housekeeper Aimee Vidal with Navy Gateway Inns & Suites
Maintenance (co-winners): Orlando Baskfield with Navy Lodge Norfolk
Red Harris with Quality Inn Norfolk Naval Station
Mascot: Rip Tide (Bill Caruso) Norfolk Tides Baseball Club
Parking Attendant: Bee Sutton with MacArthur Center
Public Service Ambassador: Dave Walker with Downtown Norfolk
Reservations: Sabrina Thomas Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel
Retail: Patricia Dunn Nauticus
Server: Chris John with Byrd & Baldwin Bros Steakhouse
Tour Operator: Amanda Wells with Norfolk Botanical Garden
Valet: Yar Khan with Norfolk Plaza Hotel
Volunteer: Carolyn Papafil with The Norfolk Grille
Zoo Ambassador: Chai and Thai with Virginia Zoological Park
For more pictures, check out The Norfolk Tourism Research Foundation’s Facebook page.