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Chamber awards businesses, individuals at 2013 banquet

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By Kristin Beck

Maguana’s Unique Gifts, North American Stainless and Nancy Jo Grobmyer won the top awards given out at the 2013 Carroll County Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday, Oct. 17.

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“One of the main reasons for our banquet this evening is, not only to recognize some outstanding citizens and organizations in our community, but also to raise funds for our scholarship program with our silent auction,” Chet Mitchell said to the crowd in attendance at the event, held at the General Butler State Resort Park conference center.

The chamber awarded four scholarships last year to the following 2013 seniors: Nick Abbott, Raenah Hawkins, Jacob Beach and Andrea Williams.

The Beautification Award is presented to the business that continually improves the quality of their business through landscaping, renovation, expansion, façade improvements, signage and other “curb appeal” projects to enhance the appearance of their property.
Maguana’s Unique Gifts, located at 430 Main Street, won the award for its new paint color, sidewalk canopies and complete renovation inside. The store opened in July.

“This business has beautified a corner of downtown Carrollton,” Mitchell said, the awards presenter.

“Thank you all very much,” owner Maguana Qualls said, accepting the award with her husband, Chuck. “We did work hard, but it has paid off. We appreciate all of you tremendously.”

Other nominees for the award were the Carroll County Courthouse, McNeal’s, and Monk and Marsh – all located in downtown Carrollton.

The Community Impact Award is given to the business/industry/organization that has contributed to the quality of life for the residents of Carroll County. The contribution to the community may be a business expansion, programs offered, funds donated or a combination of these.

“Tonight’s winner is no stranger to making an impact on the Carroll County community,” Mitchell said. “In the past several years, they’ve donated thousands of dollars to a variety of events, programs and organizations. During this past year, they made a $50,000 donation to the Carroll County Memorial Hospital physical therapy department. And tonight I’m proud to present North American Stainless with the 2013 Community Impact Award.”

Maria Eichelberger, environmental manager, and Judy Pieper-Young, manager of information systems, accepted the award on behalf of NAS. Also nominated for the award were First National Bank of Carrollton, Wal-Mart and Kroger.

The Raymond Ray Service Award is named in memory of Raymond Ray, whose volunteer hours contributed to the success of several community organizations and events. His tireless efforts created a positive quality of life for the citizens of Carroll County, according to the awards information.

“From serving on city council to various committees and clubs, the list could go on for days,” Mitchell said. “She’s been recognized at every level possible – at the local level, at the state level and at the national level for her volunteer serve. I’m sure she’s touched the lives of every person in this room and like I said, I could go on for days and days about the number of accomplishments that Nancy Jo Grobmyer has made on Carroll County.”

Also nominated for the award were Jeff Moore, Sam Burgess and Kevin Craig.

 “Thank you very much,” Grobmyer said. “I do not deserve that this year, I really truly do not. … I do very much appreciate it. Thank you one and all.”

The chamber also awarded two Friends of Chamber awards to Dennis Goff and Mitchell. Goff recently received the Jefferson Award for Distinguished Service for his commitment to higher education and to Jefferson Community and Technical College. Mitchell, executive director of Fairview Place, was recently presented the 2013 Excellence in civic involvement award from the Kentucky Assisted Living Facilities Association. He is the only executive director in the state to have managed three facilities that have all won this award.

Hypnotherapist Greg Steele provided the event’s entertainment with a hypnosis comedy show.