We are accepting nominations for 2022 Citizen & Business of the Year. The winners will be honored at the 55th Annual Celebrate Campbell on Saturday, March 11th at Villa Ragusa.
If you know an individual or business that deserves to be recognized, please let us know about them by filling out a nomination form.
This year, Celebrate Campbell will be back "roaring back" to our pre-pandemic gala event with a Roaring 20's theme.
For most of its 55-year history, Celebrate Campbell has been a formal evening Fundraising Gala held each March and attracting over 250 attendees to share in celebrating the community and acknowledging Campbell’s outstanding individuals and businesses.
Celebrate Campbell honors the previous year’s Citizen-of-the-Year and Business-of-the-Year, as well as our Ambassador and Volunteer-of-the-Year. Many local service organization volunteers are also recognized at this very special event. The Campbell Mayor, City Council, civil servants, community leaders, local politicians and more are in attendance.
This event is designed to give credit to those who dedicate their time and donate their services for the betterment of our community. The Chamber has been honoring our community’s silent heroes for over 50 years! The Gala also serves as a fundraising event for the Campbell Community Foundation Scholarship Fund.
Recycle Bookstore is a general used bookstore with titles in almost every subject area. They buy, sell and trade used books.
Since they have been in business for 40 years – 17 in Campbell, they have built a very loyal customer base. This means that people not only buy books from them, but they also bring us books consistently. The flow of books coming in means that customers always have new books to look at in various sections. They have strong sections in science fiction, mystery, literature, art, children's, history, science, gardening and spirituality... and they have quite a few books in other sections as well.
Recycle Bookstore supports the community by donating books to school and those in need and participating in local festivals by always offering a comfortable place to rest and enjoy music on the First Street stage. One of the greatest joys at the Campbell location is watching young children view the books outside and then to see their excitement as they sit down to read them.
Mark Thornton has lived in the Cambrian area for over fifty five years. He and his wife both attended Camden high school, where they met.
Mark worked in the HVAC industry until his retirement in 2011. He and his wife started Prairie Queens Quilt Shop in Cambrian Plaza and ran it from 2005 to 2017.
They have been at the Home Church since 1991 where Mark has served as an Elder and a Board member and has been in leadership for more than twenty years. He has been involved in the Youth Ministry working with High School and Jr. High students since 1995 when he helped to lead the first of a now yearly Mission trip to Rancho Santa Marta in San Vicente, Baja Mexico as well as trips to Italy and China.
He is currently the Youth Pastor and is involved in Children’s Ministry as well. His passion is to assist the youth in finding their calling and help them grow in their faith and learn to serve others and their community. He serves in the Food Ministry at the Home Church and helped to run an afterschool program and an additional Food Outreach during the pandemic for families in the Campbell School District.
He has been a leader in helping the DCBA put on the Carol of Lights, Bunnies and Bonnets, Creepy Crawly, and Wine Walks. He works with Campbell Public Works in many park cleanup days, assists the Campbell Chamber with various events such as Boogie and Octoberfest and helps to coordinate and run the Campbell Toy Program, as well as the Night to Shine.
He and his wife have two grown children and six wonderful grandchildren. When he is not serving you can find him gardening with his wife and hiking with their two dogs.