Bedford County Chamber to Honor Local Businesses, Individuals
During Annual Dinner & Award Celebration – November 16th
The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2017 Award recipients, who will be honored during the Chamber’s Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration, presented by Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Thursday, November 16th at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa.
Seventeen awards will be presented to outstanding businesses, organizations and individuals of the Bedford County region, recognizing a variety of accomplishments, including: excellence in business (small, medium and large categories), community service, historical preservation, property improvement, agri-business, education and servant leadership, as well as the prestigious Athena Award, sponsored by Bedford BPW and Thomas Dealerships. The Chamber partners with BCDA, the Bedford County Visitors Bureau and Bedford County Community Connections to present awards for economic development, excellence in tourism and a commitment to hiring people with disabilities.
“The Chamber’s Annual Dinner is the signature celebration of our diverse and outstanding business community,” said President/CEO Kellie Goodman Shaffer. “We look forward to honoring this year’s recipients as part of an evening of thanking our members and partners for all they do throughout the year.”
The theme of the evening will be Autumn Masquerade, in partnership with theme sponsor Stiffler, McGraw & Associates. The evening will begin with a reception that will also include an extensive silent auction, showcasing Chamber member businesses. Soaring Eagle Productions will provide video services to produce the pre-recorded acceptance speeches.
“The video-taped format of the award program allows us to tell the stories of our honorees illustrated with photos of their accomplishments,” said Shaffer. “Our business community should be very proud of all that has been achieved over the last year.”
The 2017 awards and honorees are listed below. The Athena Award winner will remain a secret until the dinner program.
2017 Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Award Honorees
JOHN ANDERSON AWARD: Everett Lions Club
BUSINESS HALL OF FAME AWARD: The Bedford Gazette
EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS AWARD (3 Categories):
Small (no more than 10 employees): McFarland Furniture
Medium (no more than 60 employees): KLA Roofing & Construction
Large (61 or more employees): Everett Foodliner & Saxton Market
VOLUNTEER(S) OF THE YEAR: Friends of Shawnee
INNOVATION AWARD: Bun Air Corp
PROPERTY IMPROVEMENT AWARD: Fort Bedford Museum
HERITAGE PRESERVATION AWARD: Old Bedford Village
EMPLOYER COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: CenturyLink
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION: Bedford Sportsmen’s Club
EXCELLENCE IN AGRI-BUSINESS AWARD: Diamond Lane Farm
LEADERSHIP: Mike Lamb, Wessel & Company
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARD: Lampire Biological Laboratories
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS AWARD: Save-a-Lot
EXCELLENCE IN TOURISM: Friendship Village Campground
ATHENA AWARD: Honoree to be announced November 16th
The Chamber Thanks our Annual Dinner & Award Celebration Sponsors:
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College: Exclusive Presenting Sponsor
Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa: Our Host
Stiffler, McGraw & Associates: Theme Sponsor
Bedford BPW: Athena Co-Sponsor
Thomas Dealerships: Athena Co-Sponsor
Presenting Sponsors, & Premier Members to Date:
Allegany College of Maryland
Altoona First Savings Bank
Bedford Grange Mutual
Homewood at Spring House Estates
Knisely & Sons
Fox 8-ABC 23-THIS TV-Antenna TV
Somerset Trust Company
UPMC Bedford Memorial
Homewood at Spring House Estates
Bollman Charter Service
Individual Award Sponsors to Date:
Bad Boyz Bistro
Bedford Grange Mutual Ins
Bun Air Corp.
Coldwell Banker SKS Realty
Dean and Paula Lemley
First Commonwealth Bank
Freedom Excursions by Scully
Pennwood Ophthalmic Associates
Structural Fiberglass, Inc.
Wessel & Company CPA’s
Soaring Eagle Productions: Award Video Production
Everett Flower Shop: Floral Centerpiece Designer
Bedford Candies: Favor Sponsor
A limited number of sponsorships are still available, but include exceptional opportunities to showcase your business as part of the awards celebration. The Reception Sponsor ($2,500) has the opportunity to welcome guests to this special event and provide a toast at the beginning of the evening. The Silent Auction Sponsor ($1,500) will find their logo on all bid sheets and the auction booklet. A few individual awards ($375) are still available to sponsor as well. All sponsors receive two or more complimentary registrations for the event.
Registrations for the celebration are extremely limited, so those wishing to attend should register as soon as possible. Cost to attend is $89 per person and registration is required.
Silent Auction, Program Ads: Businesses are welcome to provide an item promoting their company for inclusion in the silent auction. DONATION FORM
Program ads are also available to advertise businesses and/or congratulate the honorees. Full page ads in the 8.5″ x 11″ program are $200; half-page ads are $125; quarter page ads: $75 and eighth-page business card sized ads are $50.
To discuss opportunities related to the Annual Dinner & Awards Celebration, call the Chamber office at 814.623.2233.