The third annual Bluffton Ball presented by Covert Aire was held Feb. 17 at Pinckney Hall in Sun City.

The Bluffton Ball honored local businesses and individuals who have contributed to the Greater Bluffton community by presenting them with the Bluffton Business Awards.

The finalists were selected because they have demonstrated business excellence and the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity, and civics and social responsibility. The Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce received more than 400 community nominations.

Because of the high caliber of the nominated individuals and companies, the Bluffton Ball selection committee deliberated long hours and gave careful consideration to all the nominees. These businesses and individuals stood out as leaders who exemplify ethical standards and behaviors.

The Chamber was thrilled to partner with members of Programs for Exceptional People (PEP) to create the awards. PEP is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote independence, social interaction, and employment opportunities for adults who live with intellectual disabilities.

Winners were:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Martin Sauls

Young Professional of the Year: Daniella Squicquero, The Hilton Head Life

Entrepreneur of the Year: Ian Duncan, The Grind Roasters

Educator of the Year: Sharon McMahon, River Ridge Academy

Artist of the Year: Julie Jones

Nonprofit of the Year: Bluffton Self Help

Community Person of the Year: Daniel Messmer, AFA Academy of the Lowcountry

First Responder of the Year: Lee Levesque, Bluffton Township Fire District

Small Business of the Year: Advanced Integrated Controls

Business of the Year: Peacock Auto Mall