PHOTOS: CBICC Awards Gala Puts Spotlight on Local Business; Winners Announced
About 400 people gathered Thursday evening for the CBICC Awards Gala, highlighting nine honorees in the Centre County business community.
Put on by the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County and sponsored by SPE Federal Credit Union, the annual gathering is designed to celebrate local business and its achievements, organizers said.
CBICC members in November submit nominations for the nine annual awards; then, in January, the chamber membership votes on the finalists to select the winners.
This year's winners, announced at the gala Thursday at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, were recognized for their work in 2011. Here's a rundown of the winners, along with a photo gallery:
- 2011 Community Service Award
Sponsor: Centre County Community Foundation
Winner: Georgia Abbey, Leadership Centre County
- 2011 Corporate Philanthropy Award
Sponsor: Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc.
Winner: One on One, Fitness Consultants Inc.
- 2011 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award
Sponsor: Minitab Inc.
Winner: Edie Binkley, Clothes Mentor
- 2011 Outstanding CBICC Volunteer of the Year Award
Sponsor: Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries
Winner: Tom Kearney, West Penn Power
- 2011 Outstanding Technology Company of the Year Award
Sponsor: Benchmark Construction Company Inc.
Winner: Schoolwires Inc.
- 2011 CBICC Ambassador of the Year Award
Winner: Crystal Henry, Home Instead Senior Care
- 2011 Quality of Life Award
Sponsor: Mount Nittany Health System
Winner: Youth Service Bureau
- 2011 CBICC Spirit Award
Sponsor: Northwest Savings Bank
Winner: Frances Stevenson, Kish Bank
- 2011 Small Business of the Year Award
Sponsor: First National Bank
Winner: Seven Mountains Wine Cellars