The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will honor area business leaders and businesses during an awards dinner in January.
It’s the second annual An ExtraORdinary Evening Installation and Awards Dinner. It’s scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Friday, January 7, at the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum. The cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m.
Jim Dodson and David Wilson will be presented with the Chamber’s most prestigious awards at the event, a press release said.
Dodson will be the recipient of the Eugene L. Joyce Lifetime Achievement Award, the press release said.
“The award is given to recognize and celebrate individuals who have truly distinguished themselves and embody the essential values of volunteerism, community service, and dedication to the economic vitality of our community,” the press release said. “It is the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce’s preeminent award given to honor the memory of the late Eugene L. Joyce.”
Wilson, chair of the Oak Ridge Industrial Development Board, will receive the Kerry Trammell Volunteer of the Year Award. The award is named after the late Kerry Trammell, who was a long-time member and volunteer for the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce.
The awards and installation dinner will also include the naming of several other award recipients, the press release said. The awards and nominees are as follows:
Entrepreneur of the Year
- Saad Aqqad
- Amanda Lovegrove/Leah Hunter
Young Professional of the Year
- Naomi Asher of the United Way of Anderson County
- Kirby Deal of Girls Incorporated
- Ashley Saunders of UCOR
Community Impact Award
- Dos Bros
- Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge
- GEM Technologies
Business of the Year Award
- Life Safety Inspections
Small Business of the Year Award
- Sassy Pants Sweets and Treats
- Oak Ridge Pharmacy
- Promo Joe by Jessica
Non-Profit of the Year
- Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge
- Clinch Valley Trail Association
Cost to attend the dinner is $99 for members of the Oak Ridge Chamber, $150 for non-members. Sponsorship opportunities and Millennium Partner discounts are available. In addition to the dinner, the event will include dancing, music, and a cash bar. The dress code for the dinner is black tie optional. Those interested in attending may register by visiting the Chamber’s website at www.oakridgechamber.org. Contact BreAnna Robinson at (865) 483-1321 or [email protected] for more information. Deadline to RSVP is noon on Monday, January 4, the press release said.
The event sponsor is M&M Productions. Presenting sponsors are the Chamber’s Titanium Millennium Partners: UT-Battelle and Consolidated Nuclear Services; Platinum Millennium Partners: The University of Tennessee, ORNL Federal Credit Union, and Y-12 Federal Credit Union; Gold Millennium Partners: UCOR and Oak Ridge Associated Universities; and Silver Millennium Partner: Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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