Bedford County Chamber to Honor Local Businesses, Individuals During Annual Dinner & Award Celebration – September 22nd at the Bedford County Airport

Bedford County, PA — The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the business and individuals to be honored during the 2022 Award Celebration: Thursday, September 22nd at the Bedford County Airport.

Sixteen 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.  “This year’s honorees represent a wide variety of businesses, and communities within the Bedford County region, and we can’t wait to celebrate their accomplishments.”

The theme of the evening will be Once Upon a Time: Telling the Stories of Our Business Community, with a nod to classic Disney fairytales, and featuring special surprises planned by the Bedford County Players and other event partners.

“The video-taped format of the acceptance speeches allows us to tell the stories of our honorees illustrated with photos of their accomplishments,” said Shaffer. “And our partnership with the Players, as well as Soaring Eagle Productions, Encore Global and Bun Air Corp allow us to create an immersive, unforgettable experience for all of the attendees.”

The 2022 awards and honorees are listed on page 2. The Athena Award winner will be announced during the September 22nd program.

Sponsorships & registrations for the celebration are limited, so those wishing to attend should register as soon as possible; this event traditionally sells out.  Corporate sponsorships and program ads are also available to promote local businesses and congratulate the honorees. For more information, please call the Chamber office at 814-623-2233 or visit online at  Individual registrations for the annual dinner are $99 per person.


2022 Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Award Honorees


ATHENA AWARD: Honoree to be announced September 22nd


Small (no more than 10 employees): Horizon Behavioral Health

Medium (no more than 60 employees):  Altoona First Savings Bank

Large (61 or more employees):  Corle Building Systems & Construction

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Kenneth Shaffer, Hyndman Food Pantry

INNOVATION AWARD:  Crowsnest Broadband




EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION:  Bedford Co. 21st Century Community Learning Consortium


EXCELLENCE IN TOURISM (in partnership w/ Bedford Co. Visitors Bureau) – Dunkle’s Gulf

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARD (in partnership w/ BCDA): Omni Bedford Springs Resort

SERVANT LEADERSHIP (Graduate of Leadership Bedford Co.): Koren Woy Smith

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS AWARD (w. Bedford Co. Transition Council):  TBA 8/31

 Special Surprises, Experiences Planned:  The Chamber’s Awards Celebration has become one of the most-anticipated evenings of the year for businesses of the Bedford County region, as the event team transforms the airport hangar into a magical experience based on the annual theme.  From the golden age of air travel’s Pan Am theme in 2019, to the excitement of the circus for the 2021 “Greatest Show” extravaganza, the dinner always leaves guests glad they came!  Here are some photos from our 2021 event, as we prepare for even more fun and excitement with our 2022 theme, Once Upon A Time…

The Chamber Thanks our Annual Dinner & Award Celebration Sponsors to date:

Premier Sponsor: Hyndman/Bedford/Everett Family Health Centers

Event Partner & Host Venue: Bun Air Corp / Bedford County Airport

Theme Sponsor: Community LIFE

Athena Award Co-Sponsors: Bedford BPW & Thomas Dealerships

Supporting Sponsors: First Energy Corp., Homewood at Spring House Estates,

Keller Engineers, UPMC Bedford

Table Sponsors: Altoona First Savings Bank, Clark Contractors, First National Bank, Hometown Bank of PA, M&T Bank


Presenting Sponsors, Founders Circle & Executive Chamber Members to Date:

Allegany College of Maryland

Bedford Grange Mutual Insurance Company

Hometown Bank of PA

Homewood at Spring House Estates

Hyndman/Bedford/Everett Family Health Centers

Knisely & Sons

RWR Insurance

Somerset Trust Company

Structural Fiberglass, Inc.

Wessel & Company


Individual Award Sponsors to Date:

ACM – Bedford County Campus

Lynn Ashe

Bedford Grange Mutual Insurance Company

Burger King of Bedford

Freedom Excursions by Scully, LLC

Lana’s Custom Draperies and Blinds

LG Direct Sales Solutions

Reed, Wertz & Roadman, Inc.

Structural Fiberglass, Inc.

Additional Event Partners:

Videography/Photography: Sunny Oaks Studios

Floral Design: Everett Flower Shop

Favors: Bedford Candies

Soaring Eagle Productions: Stage, A/V

ENCORE Global: Theme/Experience Lighting

Experience Partners: Bedford County Players

Additional Sponsorships are available. Call the Chamber to discuss these opportunities at 814-623-2233