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Chamber presents ‘Oscars’ at red carpet event

October 01, 2021 - 01:00
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    Heartbeat Award winners are presented their Oscar by board chair Susan Powers to Drs. Susan and Perry Lee of Lake Oconee Eye Care.
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    Unsung Hero Award winners Vickie and Lloyd Jenkins with board member Vinece Pastor.
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    Greensboro Mayor Glenn Wright and his wife Evelyn were among the attendees Thursday evening.
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    Greensboro City Councilman Morris Miller with newly appointed City Councilwoman Cynthia Rivers on the red carpet.
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    Cynthia and John Smith, owners of Genuine Georgia, are all smiles as they arrive as Festival Hall.
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    Board chair Susan Powers with Buddy Nolan. Buddy and his wife Sarah won the Innovation Award Oscar.
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    Former Chamber President Terry Lawler with his wife Gail.
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    Speaker Doug Keipper, author of “MBA at 58” at the podium.
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    Rookie of the Year Award went to Terri and Charlie Sampey, owners of PJ’s Cafe.

The Greene County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual awards dinner at Festival Hall in downtown Greensboro on Thursday, Sept. 23. This year’s theme was 'The Oscars.'

Arriving at Festival Hall, guests walked the red carpet, were interviewed by Kristin Grebel and her golden microphone and had their photos taken by paparazzi Leigh Lofgren with LouAnne Keller assisting. Guests were then escorted into Festival Hall’s foyer for cocktails and socializing.

Upon entering the dining room, attendees were delighted to find their tables beautifully decorated by volunteers Linda Preston, JoAnne King, Helene Perez and Sharon Smith.

Everyone enjoyed dinner music performed by The Clayton Street Jazz Band with Warren Weatherford on trumpet, Dan Jones on trombone, Chris Queen on the keyboard and Mark Turiano on drums.

Chamber President Mika Mills welcomed guests, and senior pastor Mark Jones of the First Baptist Church delivered the invocation prior to a wonderful dinner catered by Iron Fork Café.

Keynote Speaker Doug Keipper, Author of “MBA at 58” entertained the audience, and complimentary copies of his book were made available to guests.

The presentation of awards then followed with the ‘Oscars’ going to the following winners:

• Rookie of the Year - PJ’s Coffee, owners Terri & Charlie Sampey

• Heatbeat Award - Lake Oconee Eye Care, Drs. Perry and Susan Lee and Dr. John Titak

• Unsung Hero - Vickie and Lloyd Jenkins, Greene County Christmas Stocking Fund

• Innovation Award - Maggie Lane, owners Buddy and Sarah Nolan

• Mickey Channell Citizen of the Year Award - Sarah Peacock, Bank of Madison

The Chamber congratulates all of the winners.