Monday, April 30, 2012

More About the Salem Chamber Awards Event

As you already know from reading this blog, the 100th anniversary of the Salem Chamber was celebrated at the Peabody Essex Museum on Wednesday April 25. One of most-anticipated activities of the annual event is the handing out, Oscar-style, of various awards to different people and entities in Salem. This year I was seated at a table with a number of other nominees, and as it turned out, most were winners of their respective categories.

From the Salem Chamber's Release:

"The “Celebrate Salem Awards”, now in their eleventh year, are handed out annually in six categories. Juli Lederhaus of the Hawthorne Hotel, who stepped in as President of the Salem Chamber in 2011 for the second time, was awarded Businesswomen of the Year. Businessman of the Year Bill Hanney was acknowledged for the spectacular job he has done with of the North Shore Music Theatre. Shelley Matthews accepted the New Business of the Year Award on behalf of her two Salem stores re-find and re-find mens. Delande Lighting has been a staple in the Salem business community since 1918 and won the Excellence in Retail Award. Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC) which provides free services to victims of domestic violence was the winner of the Community Service Award. The final award, the Long-Term Achievement Award, went to the oldest candy company in America, Ye Olde Pepper Companie.

Winners received a “Centennial Wave”, an original piece of art created by Salem State University professor and glass blower John Volpacchio. 
 The event was a “who’s who” of business and community leaders. Among those in attendance were Mayor Kim Driscoll, past Mayors Stan Usovicz and Tony Salvo, a great number of Salem Chamber past Board Presidents, past Salem Chamber Executive Directors Ellen DiGeronimo, Rose Fisher, and Denise Flynn. City Council President Joan Lovely was also in attendance along with City Councilors Robert McCarthy, Joseph O’Keefe, Paul Prevey, Todd Siegel, Jerry Ryan and Josh Turiel. 
 The mission of the Salem Chamber of Commerce is to make Salem a better place to live, work, and do business. The Salem Chamber serves as the voice for member businesses, representing, advocating and working to enhance the business and civic environment. With over 625 members, we are the largest business organization in Salem"
Left to right:  Thomas MacDonald, Hawthorne Hotel; Ruth Bitchell, HAWC; Paula Gomez-Stordy, HAWC,
Juli Lederhaus, Hawthorne Hotel, Karen Cotton, Hawthorne Hotel and Mike Ceceri, North Shore Music Theater
Juli Lederhaus, GM, Hawthorne Hotel and Walter T. Lederhaus

I cannot let this blog post go out without acknowledging my husband of 37 years, Walt Lederhaus, who stands behind me and beside me at every critical juncture, and who supports me so much.  He is always understanding of my need to work many late nights and weekends, of the need for me to receive phone calls in the middle of dinner or the middle of the night, and who is the best PR guy a gal can have. As you can see, he was beaming on this night, and I was so happy to have him with me!


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