May 7 event honors business leaders, community advocates while showcasing area food, wine and entertainment

Be prepared to taste, experience and salute Folsom, all in grand fashion as the community comes together next Tuesday, May 7 for the 2024 Choose Folsom Community Awards at Harris Center for the Arts.

“Get ready to be dazzled at the 2024 Choose Folsom Community Awards. The stage is set for an unforgettable evening filled with sensational performances that will leave you breathless,” shared the staff of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce who has been working hard behind the scenes to make this year’s event nothing short of spectacular.


The annual Choose Folsom Community Awards honors the community’s business leaders, advocates and more for their contributions and successes that benefit the community. Earlier this year, Choose Folsom began collecting requests for nominations from its many members to consider for this year’s recipients and next Tuesday, those elite individuals will be honored on the stage of the Folsom’s premier entertainment venue, the beautiful Harris Center of the Arts at Folsom Lake College.

The larger venue than previous years has allowed event organizers to offer attendees an “exquisite experience,” that will begin with a reception that offers appetizers and food tastings from some of Folsom’s finest and newest restaurants. 


The event offers wine tasting from award winning area wineries as well as live entertainment that will take place on stage prior to and throughout the awards program that honors this year’s winning businesses and offers many special announcements, including the presentation of the 2024 Folsom Pro Rodeo Grand Marshal, Rodeo Legend inductees and more. 

2024 Choose Folsom Community Awards Honorees
Young Professional of the Year: 
Devin Swartwood
Ambassador of the Year: 
Carrie Vawter-Yousfi
Big Business of the Year: 
Folsom Auto Mall
Family Business of the Year: 
FLB Entertainment Center
Emerging Business of the Year: 
Folsom Times
Small Business of the Year:
MTT Collective
Wall of Fame Award: 
Murray Weaver, Powerhouse Entertainment
Coach of the Year: 
Paul Doherty Folsom High School
Volunteer of the Year Award:
 Randy Boxell

“By attending the Choose Folsom Community Awards, you not only support these outstanding individuals and businesses but also strengthen the bonds within our community,” cites the Folsom Chamber. “Your presence will make this evening even more meaningful as we come together to celebrate excellence and community spirit.”


In addition to the honorees that have been announced, there will be a handful of other recognitions that will not be revealed until the event, honoring key individuals that have made a difference in the community.

According the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, restaurants expected so far to be showcased include Folsom’s Burma Light, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slice House, J. Wilds, Sourdough and Company, House of Mules, Q’bole, La Fogata and more. 


“We’re bringing ten new Folsom businesses to you at the event, where they will be showcasing their food,” shared Choose Folsom’s Shannon Robb-Bundalian as she encouraged the community to come out. “We’ll chocolate from Snook’s, we’ll have beer tasting from Red Bus Brewing and six different wineries showcasing foothill wines. You do not want to miss this event.”

Various businesses will be pouring wines at the reception, including spirits from Casino Mine Ranch, Gwinlllan Estate Winer, LaMesa Winery, Findelton Estate Winery and more. Beverages will include offerings from Red Bus Brewing and Blue Wave Coffee House and more.

As a showcase to Folsom, throughout the evening a variety of entertainment will be featured on stage prior to the start of the awards, at various times between the presentations and at the conclusion of the night. 

As of press time, the entertainment showcases will include performances from the local band Average Royalty, performances from

, Folsom resident and Nashville recording artist Cynthia Renee, Folsom High School Drama, Arthur Murray Dance Studio Dancers, the actors from the Falcon’s Eye Theater of Folsom Lake College and more. 

Tuesday’s grand affair is a ticketed event. The doors open at 4 p.m. The awards are set to begin at 5:30 p.m. with all of the entertainment sprinkled in between the presentations and it all wraps up just before 8 p.m.  Tickets are $60 for Choose Folsom Members and $75 for non-members. All tickets are inclusive of the food and beverage samplings as well as the entertainment and the program.

Complete information about the event can be found at To go directly to the page to purchase tickets and reserve your seat JUST CLICK HERE.