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Chamber Accepting Nominations for 2018 Evening of Recognition Through December 1

2017 Evening of Recognition honorees along with 80th District State Representative, Mary Whiteford

The Allegan Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual Evening of Recognition awards gala to be held on February 22, 2018 at The Silo Banquets and Catering.  This event, presented by the Allegan Area Chamber of Commerce since 1982, celebrates individuals, organizations, and businesses that represent the best of Allegan.  New businesses, new owners of current businesses, and those that have demonstrated their commitment to the Allegan area through relocation, expansion, and renovation will also be recognized.

Awards are being sought in the following categories:

BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR  Recipient of this award is respected in the business community, promotes the Allegan area, is successful within their profession, and have contributed considerable time in community organizations/civic life.

LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD – Recognizes individuals who have contributed a considerable amount of time to community service and have worked to improve the quality of life in the Allegan community.

COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATION – An organization that has provided a positive influence within the community.  These organizations uphold the ideals of community service and have established and/or maintain programs/projects which have benefited the community.

COMMUNITY SERVICE PERSON/PROJECT – An individual who has shown unselfish desire to serve our community in one or more capacities.  This individual has spent considerable time working to improve the quality of life in the Allegan area during the 2017 calendar year.  This award may alternatively recognize a group of volunteers who completed a one-time project in the 2017 calendar year.

SPIRIT OF ALLEGAN – COMMUNITY PRIDE, BEAUTIFICATION, & PROMOTION – An individual or organization that has contributed to, or provided for, community pride, beautification or promotion of the Allegan area.

PUBLIC SAFETY PROFESSIONAL  Any area fire safety, law enforcement or emergency medical team personnel that have gone above and beyond the call of duty, and who have played a vital role in our community.   This award is inclusive of volunteers such as fire persons, Sheriff Reserves, etc..

HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL – A healthcare provider who has dedicated his or her career to improving the lives of patients, as well as the overall healthcare in our community.  A healthcare provider who truly signifies involvement, professional achievements, accomplishments, and contributions in their profession.

EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL An individual who has dedicated his or her life to improving the overall quality of education in the Allegan community.  The award may alternatively recognize private instructors in fields such as music and sport.

YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT/YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD – an Allegan-area youth, preferably, but not limited to, someone under the age of 21, that has displayed the spirit, skills, and drive of an entrepreneur by one or more of the following; founding their own enterprise, being proactive in a community leadership program that targets economic development, starting/expanding a non-profit organization, or demonstrating extraordinary commitment and service to the betterment of the Allegan area.

Nominations are due by Friday, December 1, 2017.

Click here for online nomination form.

You may alternatively call the Chamber at 269-673-2479 or send an email to director@alleganchamber.com.

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