Chamber of Commerce of Clearfield Winners walk the red carpet|
Friday, October 12, 2012
By Wendy Lynn Brion Staff Writer
It was a "star-studded" gala last night for last night's Clearfield Chamber of Commerce 19th Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony where the theme was "Walking the Red Carpet."
The banquet was held at Florian Hall, Mill Road, Clearfield and catered by Apple Catering.
Representatives of many of the chamber members were on hand during the evening to socialize and to congratulate the winners of various awards presented each year.
Five awards were presented this year. The Shining Star Award, presented to a business whose physical improvement of an existing building within the past year adds value to the community. The nominees were Bee Kind Winery of Carbon Mine Road, Gio's of Woodland and Johnston, Nelson, Shimmel & Thomas LLP of Clearfield.
The second award was to Small Business of the Year, presented to a business that employs less than 50 people, has been in business for at least five years, and supports the chamber and the community. This year's nominees were Dotts Motor Co., RJ Corman Railroad Group LLC and wOK!w 102.9 FM.
Four businesses were nominated for Major Employer of the Year: Children's Aid Society, TAFCO, Lock Haven University Clearfield Campus and The Progress.
The final two awards were for Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Citizen of the Year. Lifetime Achievement is presented to an exceptional individual whose accomplishments include community involvement and public service over an entire lifetime. The Distinguished Citizen is an individual whose achievements place them above their peers, is community minded, does not look for recognition and major accomplishments have been done within the past two years.
Prior to each award being presented, a short video montage of each of the nominees was shown with a description of their business.
The winner of the Shining Star Award was Bee Kind Winery, owned by Joe Kendrick Sr. and Joe Kendrick Jr. The winery will celebrate its first anniversary in November. There are 13 kinds of wine offered with plans for more. The wine can be enjoyed at home, at the winery, at Denny's Beer Barrel Pub or at festivals throughout the year. The winery also sells breads, dips, cheese and pottery and makes gift baskets.
This year's Small Business of the Year is wOK!w. The radio station employs 13 people and signed on the air Aug. 1 1989 and plays the hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today with news throughout the day as well as sports and weather and obituaries during the noon news. The station also plays Forgotten Oldie Fridays, Bill Otto in the Oldies Kloset on Saturday mornings, the 80s show Saturday nights, Sports Sunday every Sunday morning, a hits countdown from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday and Sunday Super Gold in the afternoon. The station is locally owned and community involved.
Children's Aid Society was named Major Employer of the Year. Founded in 1890 as the first organization concerned with orphans in Clearfield County, the society's mission has always been to improve the quality of life for children and families in the county. CAS employs 50-60 people and consists of the following programs: adoption, Big Brothers Big Sisters, childcare, Nurturing Parenting program, Clearfield elementary care, foster care, Healthy Marriage Program, Relatives as Parents program and Pre-K Counts. The agency is a private, non-profit and an agency of Clearfield Area United Way.
The final awards presented were Distinguished Citizen and Lifetime Achievement. Master of Ceremonies Bob E. Day noted that they try to keep the winners of these awards a secret but in the case of the Distinguished Citizen, the winner was on vacation and in order to get him to come back they had to tell him he was getting an award.
John Kordish is the former executive director of Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging from June 1982-September 2012. CCAAA employs 80 staff members and has grown in size and service since Kordish became executive director. He has had a wide and varied career over the years beginning in social work straight out of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Kordish thanked everyone for the award and said he seldom works on anything without his wife, Sue, and asked that applause be given for her as well. He noted people are always saying what Clearfield County doesn't have, and he responds with what we do have, a community with low crime rate, relatively low taxes, concerned schools, places to worship and neighbors helping neighbors.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was a surprise. Presented to someone who has been active in the community for most of her 85 years, serving on various boards and actively participating in community fundraisers and events, Margaret Krebs has been a tireless advocate for the Clearfield community. She has worked at The Progress newspaper for 67 years, currently as publisher.
Krebs was surprised and very humbled by the award and thanked everyone for honoring her.
More about the banquet and awardees will be in the annual edition of the Chamber of Commerce of Clearfield Tab to be published Oct. 23.