The Chamber made history once again as we held our Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation on Zoom February 26, 2021. The event included a look back at the accomplishments and challenges that faced the organization during 2020. It marked the passing of the gavel as board chair from Darin Tornatore to Richard Fiore, Jr. and it featured the presentation of seven awards to unsuspecting recipients.
Congratulations to the Award Winners at the 2021 Annual Meeting Awards Presentation!
The Chamber's Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation allows The Chamber to reflect on the accomplishments of the previous year, announce goals for the next 11 months and includes the official swearing-in of the incoming Board of Directors of The Chamber and The Chamber Foundation. This year our Annual Meeting will be held on February 26, 2021.
Special Recognition awards to be presented are:
-- The ATHENA Award honors individuals who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishment. It recognizes women who excel in their chosen field, have devoted time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and who also open paths so that others may follow. Sponsor for the ATHENA Award is First Commonwealth Bank.
To access the nomination form, click here.
-- The Donna D. Gority Servant Leadership Award was created to honor individuals within Blair County who demonstrate ongoing servant leadership. Servant leadership is a practical philosophy, which supports people who choose to serve first, and then lead, as a way of expanding service to individuals and institutions. Sponsor of the Donna D. Gority Servant Leadership Award is Reliance Bank. To access the nomination form, click here.
-- The George Award was created to honor an individual who has improved the community through volunteer efforts and who has received little or no publicity or recognition for their efforts. Sponsor of the George Award is Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries. To access the nomination form, click here.
-- The Small Business Person of the Year Award is given to a business person with 50 or fewer employees who has demonstrated staying power, positive response to adversity, community involvement and ethical business practices. Sponsor of the Small Business Person of the Year Award is First National Bank. To access the nomination form, click here.
-- The Joseph P. Rosenhamer Chamber Spirit Award was created to pay tribute to a longtime Chamber Member who personifies the best characteristics of a business person -- altruism, ethics and selflessness. Nominees should be members in good standing with The Chamber, actively involved in some Chamber programs and easily recognized as an advocate of The Chamber in the business community. Sponsor of the Joseph P. Rosenhammer Chamber Spirit Award is P. Joseph Lehman, Inc. To access the nomination form, click here.
--The Young Professional of the Year Award was created to recognize a Young Professional in Blair County who is an outstanding figure in their workplace and community – whose efforts are positively impacting our region, making it a better place for younger people to live, work, play and invest in our community. The Chamber’s Young Professionals of Blair County would like to recognize and thank those fellow Young Professionals for their efforts. Sponsor for the Young Professional of the Year Award is ABCD Corporation. To access the nomination form, click here.
--The Judith A. Rossi Educator of the Year Award was created to honor an individual who has had an impact on students, schools or educational systems that also benefit the local business community. The success of Blair County’s current and future workforce is heavily dependent on the ability of organizations like the Blair County Chamber to rally the business and education communities to work together. While there has been well-documented success in that collaborative effort, most of the individual recognition that has taken place has focused on the contributions of business leaders. Sponsor for the Judith A. Rossi Educator of the Year Award is Delgrosso Family Companies.
To access the nomination form, click here.
Previous Annual Meeting Honorees
2021 Annual Meeting Sponsors
BB&T, now TRUIST
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Keller Engineers, Inc.
Lung Disease Foundation of Central PA
Okonak, Dean & Lechner, P.C.
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Penn State Altoona
Roberts Oxygen Company, Inc.
Young, Oakes, Brown & Company P.C.