CARY – Cambridge Village of Apex hasn’t been in town that long but it’s already making a big impact.
The senior living facility was named the Large Business of the Year during the annual Apex Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet held Oct. 11 at Prestonwood Country Club.
The Rusty Bucket in downtown Apex was named Small Business of the Year.
Cambridge Village, which opened in the summer of 2011, has shown a true penchant for community involvement.
It offers holistic wellness programs, continuing education classes, an impressive Memorial Day ceremony and other events throughout the year that are open to both facility residents and non-residents.
Just last week, Cambridge Village held a political forum with former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge and current N.C. Rep. Nelson Dollar discussing the future of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Chamber president Dave Cozzarelli said he was impressed with the positive impact Cambridge Village has made in such a short time.
“It is a quite remarkable facility, top-notch,” said Cozzarelli. “They live up to what we want in our large businesses. They are involved in the community and they provide great service.”
Cambridge executive director Mark Wilson thanked the community for being so supportive.
“Apex has been great for us,” said Wilson. “I believe it is a good marriage.”
Outgoing chamber president Jeff Hastings noted that the Rusty Bucket has been involved in many charitable activities since opening in 2004.
Owners Mack and Pam Thorpe hold an annual food drive for Western Wake Crisis Ministry and make considerable donations throughout the year. The Thorpes are also very active in the Apex Downtown Business Association and the Apex Historical Society.
“I don’t know if Apex would be the same without stores like this around,” said Hastings. “I love to walk in their shop because you are greeted like family.”
This year’s banquet included a “Casino Night” that benefitted the Kraft YMCA’s “We Build People” campaign.
The chamber also recognized outgoing board members Bill McClung of Capital Paving, Jacque Priddy of First Citizens Bank, Tom McCuiston of McCuiston Law Offices, Oral Wise of WakeMed and Bonnie Holt of Wells Fargo Bank.
Also recognized were outgoing Ambassadors Jim Vogel of IMU Social Media, Rick Frye of Insurance Service Center, Don Fowler of Inspro, Lisa Wilder of Wilder Communications, Bonnie Ferrari of Nationwide Insurance and Tori Scuderi of Primrose School of West Cary.
Casino Night sponsors included MLB Construction, Apex-Cary Insurance, Sophie & Mollie’s Boutique, AABS, Walgreens, Spring Arbor of Apex Assisted Living, Carolina Custom Kitchen and Bath LLC and Crown Trophy of Cary.