Best OfFlorida Keys CommunityUpper Keys Community 185 GUESTS PACK WHALE HARBOR EVENTS FOR FIRST BEST OF UPPER KEYS AWARDS By The Weekly Staff - November 10, 2022 Share FacebookTwitterPinterestReddItEmailPrint Members of the Upper Keys Business & Professional Women, Becky Washam, owner of Sandbar Books and winner of Best New Business, and Suzi Youngberg, of MarrVelous Pet Rescue and winner of Best Nonprofit, hold their plaques. Pastor Tony Hammon shares a few words on his friend – Mike Forster. After attending a similar Keys Weekly event in Key West in 2021, the late commissioner was adamant about bringing the People’s Choice awards back to the Upper Keys. Monroe County Tax Collector Sam Steele acknowledges the crowd after traveling from his home in Key West to witness the inaugural event. State Rep. Jim Mooney talks with Native Construction’s Brett Ekblom, who won the 50/50 raffle and then promptly donated the funds back to the Children’s Shelter. Ekblom was one of nearly 200 business leaders in attendance. Howard Brody, owner of Whale Harbor, is pictured, center. He was joined by his wife, Janeth and Hog Heaven GM Bob Morgantini and his wife Kathleen. The event raised nearly $20,000 for the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter. The Monroe County Sheriff’s had numerous members of their top brass in attendance – with most taking jabs from the emcees. From left, Capt. Jon Crane, Capt. Lee Ann Holroyd, Sheriff Rick Ramsay and Capt. Spenser Bryan. Subscribe To Our NewsletterGet Keys Weekly delivered right to your inbox along with a daily dose of Keys News. SUBSCRIBE! Success! Please check your email for confirmation.