More than 400 people packed a convention room at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in Mission Valley for the WILL awards program, held Oct. 16.
Carey was selected among 41 nominations, a record for the WILL awards program, now in its 13th year. Recipients were honored for their outstanding leadership, exemplary character and integrity in the community, as well as their efforts to empower women to succeed and prosper in life and business, according to Leah McIvor, 2015 event chair and incoming 2016 board of directors chair of the 600-member San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce.
Other 2015 WILL award recipients included: Mara Fortin, Nothing Bundt Cakes; Molly Nocon, Noah Homes; Erica Pinto, Jamul Indian Village; Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine; Elizabeth Smith Chavez, Smith Chavez Law; Wendy Urushima-Conn, Asian Business Association; Shelly Zimmerman, San Diego Police Department.
Carey was honored by the Chamber for her leadership with PSAR. The Chamber noted the Association’s growth this year in both new membership and retention levels.
In addition, the Chamber recognized Carey for her instrumental role in PSAR's Helping Hands 4 Homes projects which brought together more than 100 PSAR members and affiliates for a two-day home improvement project for a disabled and unemployed La Mesa homeowner down his luck.
Also, the Chamber applauded Carey for directing the PSAR Un-Fashion and Variety Show, which features entertaining song and dance routines and hilarious comedy skits performed by PSAR members. Proceeds from the show benefit the Military Warriors Support Foundation. For three months prior to the show, the cast of 45 or so PSAR members rehearse three-or-four evenings per week for two-to-three hours each rehearsal.
Carey told the audience, “I have hundreds of friends who have always been behind me in efforts to help the community. Their names belong on this award.”
PSAR CEO Rich D'Ascoli said about Carey in his nomination: “Carey leads by bringing the industry together through service to our community. As PSAR’s president, Carey successfully advocates public policy to advance private properties rights. In addition, she models true business acumen as PSAR’s shareholder representative at the 18,000-subscriber-strong regional MLS, Sandicor. Her energy is tireless. For the `Helping Hands’ project, her leadership was exemplified in her vision and empathy for those in need. Carey Guthrie truly leads by example. She is a driving force pushing others to do more for our community and for themselves through volunteerism and generosity.”
Former TV anchor Lee Ann Kim served as event emcee. The keynote speaker at the luncheon was Mo Anderson, author and vice chair of Keller Williams Realty International.