The Carthage Chamber of Commerce celebrated the past year with a Kentucky Derby themed Annual Banquet, on Friday, Jan. 19.

The Carthage Chamber of Commerce celebrated the past year with a Kentucky Derby themed Annual Banquet, on Friday, Jan. 19.

Over 450 Chamber members and community leaders gathered to recognize outstanding teachers, business leaders, volunteers, and community members.

The Chamber said thank you to all the sponsors of the event, including Leggett & Platt, H.E. Williams, Beimdiek Insurance, Central Pet Care, Mercy Carthage, Southwest Missouri Bank, Jordan CPA Services, KOAM & Fox TV, SNC Squared, Schmidt Associates, US Bank, US Cellular Premier Locations, 417 Janitorial Services, Carthage Animal Hospital, Community Bank & Trust, Empire District Electric, Fair Acres Family YMCA, Grundy’s Auto & Frame, Hometown Bank, LPL Financial, McCune Brooks Healthcare Foundation, Ozark Center, Prater Pharmacy, Professional Building, Race Brothers Farm & Home Supply

Special thanks to the Fathers of the Congregation of the Mother of the Redeemer, Bloom Boutique, Carthage High School Jazz Band #1, Carthage Police Honor Guard, Carthage Police Explorers, Carthage Nazarene, The Carthage Press, 417 Janitorial Services, Ron Petersen Sr., Chamber Ambassadors, Banquet Committee members, and all our volunteers and guests.

The awards and their winners were:

• Retiring Board of Directors Award

Kenney Arnold – Allstate Insurance

Susan Wendleton – Carthage Water & Electric Plant

Given to retiring Board Members in appreciation of their continued insight, support and/or encouragement.

• Special Recognition Awards -
J Michael Harris – Mayor of Carthage
Given in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the Chamber and/or the Carthage community.

• Chairman’s Award – Alice Chorum, Southwest Agency

Presented by the Chairman in recognition of 2017 contributions to the Chamber and Carthage community.

• ATHENA Award – Cherry Babcock, Cherry’s Art Emporium & Annie’s 

Sponsored by the Ruth I. Kolpin Foundation and MSSU

A nationally recognized award presented in recognition of those who support, develop, and honor women leaders.

• Artist of the Year Award – artCentral

Sponsored by artCentralAlexandra Burnside, Teri Y. Diggs, Liz Foster, Olivia Givens, Sydney Hartless, Tom Jones, Bess Lanyon, Meagan Milliken, Emily Rose, Sierra Russow, Brenda Sageng, Linda Swatsenbarg and Elizabeth Wallsmith.

In recognition of contributions to the Carthage art community.

• Golden Key Awards -

Sponsored by S&S Computers

Sharon Frost – Pleasant Valley Elementary

Travis Bolin - Carthage Intermediate Center

Kim Pace - Carthage Junior High School

Kelsey Stenger - Carthage High School

• Golden Hammer Award – Janie Fraser & Bryan Williams
Sponsored by Edward Jones - Darren Collier
Presented by Carthage Historic Preservation in recognition of an historic property being preserved in an historically appropriate manner.

• Humanitarian of the Year Award – Shala Rogler

Sponsored by McCune Brooks Healthcare Foundation

Presented in recognition of improvements to healthcare in the Carthage community

• Community Enhancement Award – Carthage R-9 School District

Sponsored by the ADM Milling

Presented to recognize an organization, committee, group, or individual that has contributed significantly to make our community a better place to live.

• Spotlight Award – Camp Mi Casa on the Route, Stephanie & Dale Garber

Sponsored by Woodpecker Products

Awarded to one business each year that has contributed to the overall enhancement of the business community of Carthage through revitalization or improvements made to their business location.

• Small Business of the Year Award – Game On!, Michelle & Paul Heidlage 

Sponsored by Dr. Fly’s Salon

Presented to one business each year that has provided a positive image and been a vibrant entity within the Carthage business community.

• Emerging Leader of the Year – Jonathan Roberts, Fair Acres Family YMCA

Sponsored by Southwest Missouri Bank

This award is presented in recognition of individuals who further their career path or begin a new career path.

• Richard M. Webster Citizen of the Year Award – Mark Elliff

Sponsored by Carthage Rotary Club

Given in memory of the late Senator Richard M. Webster, the Citizen of the Year Award is presented in recognition of demonstrated devotion to the Carthage community.

For further information about the Carthage Chamber or upcoming Chamber events, contact the Chamber office at 358-2373.

For more on this story, see the Wednesday, Jan. 24 Carthage Press.