2005 CHAMBER AWARDS CEREMONY
HONORS COMMUNITY HEROES
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce will present
the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Community Service Awards to public
service officers, Family-Friendly Employers, individuals and
community organizations in a gala ceremony to be held today,
Thursday, October 6, 2005, at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center
on UNC Chapel Hill’s campus.
“The community’s capacity for caring and time-honored
tradition of volunteerism is evident in Chapel Hill and Carrboro,”
said Aaron Nelson, executive director of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro
Chamber of Commerce. “Working together as a community
we can make a difference, making permanent changes and improvements
as we strive to build a sustainable community.”
The Chamber will present six awards for community service.
Honorees are Linda Convissor, UNC-Chapel Hill, Town and Gown
Award; Memorial Hall, Community Enhancement Award; Beth Seyda
(individual) and Chapel Hill Service League (organization),
Community Enrichment Awards; Marilyn and Tom Alexander, Jim
Gibson Volunteers of the Year Award; Ruffin Slater, Citizen
of the Year Award; and Irene Briggaman, Lifetime Achievement
Award for Service.
The Chamber will honor seven officers with awards as Public
Service Officers of the Year. They are: Orange County
EMS - Eric Griffin, Orange County Sheriff - Jasper Clark,
Carrboro Police Dept.- Thomas “Tei” Coyle, Carrboro
Fire Dept - Gregory P. Sherman, Chapel Hill Police Dept.
- Lt. Jackie Carden, Chapel Hill Fire Dept - Jeff Cabe, UNC
Dept of Public Safety - Lori Ann Palazzo.
The Chamber and the Orange County Partnership for Young Children
will jointly recognize three Family Friendly Employers of
the Year. They are North Carolina High School Athletic Association
(small), Vietri, Inc. (midsize), and Blue Cross Blue Shield
of North Carolina (large).
Progress Energy is the Platinum Sponsor of the Community
Service Awards Ceremony, which honors individual and organizational
contributions to the betterment of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and