by David Miller
Loveland, Ohio – “Words cannot describe how unbelievable the 2021 Little Miami River Chamber Alliance Awards were on Wednesday,” said Loveland Magazine Co-Owner Cassie Mattia. “The atmosphere, the music, the people, the decor, the food, and of course the awards ceremony was the icing on the cake for one of the best years of my life.”
The occasion was the 2021 Annual Awards Dinner, a gala put on by the Little Miami River Chamber Alliance. It is an evening for area businesses to come together and celebrate their successes and community contributions. The celebration was at the Oasis Conference Center.
Cassie was selected as the 2021 Young Professional of the Year.
AND ALL THE WINNERS ARE
Photo by Loveland Lifestyle Magazine/Courtney Kraemer
Business of the Year – Premier Tumbling and Dance
Emerging Business of the Year – Monarch Financial Advisors
Beautification Award – Mile 42 Coffee and Eads Fence Company
Community Involvement Award – Jason Pinson
Business Community Advocate Award – Brittney Frietch Team, Re/Max Preferred Group
Non-Profit of the Year – The Care Center
Woman Owned Business of the Year – Loveland Lifestyle
Young Professional of the Year – Cassie Mattia
Randy K. Stanifer Health, Wellness & Fitness Business of the Year – Loveland Massage Center
Recreation Business of the Year – Grand Sands Volleyball
Community Responder Award – Miami Township Fire/EMS
Chamber Choice Award – Tano Bistro – Loveland
Proceeds from a silent auction benefited Grant Us Hope, an organization dedicated to youth suicide prevention, and a Chamber Scholarship fund. Emily Barlow with Loveland Lifestyle Magazine was the Emcee.
I could not be more proud to call Cassie my business partner. I’m so very happy that she was recognized for her achievements and as a community leader. She is the Co-owner, Associate Editor, and Director of Marketing for Loveland Magazine.
Cassie said the next day, “Thank you to all those that spent time out of their day to send in nominations and testimonials on my behalf for this award, you have no idea how much it means to me and how eternally grateful I am. I am so excited to see where this unbelievable path takes me and I promise to all those surrounding me including all of you in Loveland I will continue to make this community the absolute best place to live and visit.”
Cassie walked into my life 3-1/2 years ago by knocking on the door and announcing she wanted to write for Loveland Magazine. It was unbelievable fun Wednesday night celebrating with her.
There is more to the story. What she brought with her in that oversized purse she carries was dedication, hard work, kindness that I see every single day, and a devotion to her family and to her boyfriend Adam. She’s the big sister that everyone should have.
In that bag is forgiveness, is a photographic memory, what just must be an off-the-scale high IQ, writing skills, and her journalism background with degrees she worked so hard to achieve. However, her bag is always 90% packed with positivity, sometimes to overflow.
She recently joked that I was so old that when I ran road races they were on dirt roads. Well… Cassie is so young-of-heart, that she runs each day on sunshine younger than today’s sunrise. A rare personality that anyone older than today, and most people her age, should be so lucky to have.
Thank you so much Cassie for agreeing to be a co-owner of Loveland Magazine. It was such a fun, fun night celebrating with you and Adam.
When we walked under the Oasis portico, before we went in – I pointed in both directions with a sweeping motion and joked “Look Cassie… they reserved this whole country club just for you tonight! Hmm, where’s the red carpet I ordered?”
Adam parked the car and caught up with us and, well, I just went in pretending the three of us were walking on the red carpet and I saw the evening transform into the “Gala” it was billed to be.
And, no one could’ve wiped off the grin I carried the rest of the evening being with my friend and partner, the Loveland Area’s “Young Professional of the Year”.