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9/11/2013 12:01:00 AM
Nominations invited for annual Harbor Heroes awards

The 19th annual Harbor Heroes event will be held at Boyne Highlands Resort on October 16 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Harbor Heroes Awards Ceremony and Dinner shines a light on the unsung heroes of the community who do the little, everyday things that preserve the small town's unique character and charm. The evening's awards are special because the nominations come from the greater Harbor Springs community itself and winners are chosen through a simple popular vote.

"It's a way to commemorate our leaders and those making a difference in the community by working to maintain our roots while moving towards the future ," said Daniel DeWindt, Executive Director of the Harbor Springs Area Chamber. "Many visitors and town's people talk about the natural beauty of Harbor Springs, which it has, but the other beauty is the type of people we have- giving, hospitable and hard working," said DeWindt.

Nominations for the various awards are currently being accepted. Nomination forms may be found online at www.harborspringschamber.com. The chamber is also happy to mail, fax or email copies if you simply call 231-526-7999. The deadline for nominations is fast approaching - Nominate a candidate today!

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for this event each year. If you would like to have your business associated with this outstanding annual event, call 526-7999 or e-mail Daniel@harborspringschamber.com. Sponsorships are available for most components of the event and each of the awards.

Tickets are on sale for $40 each or reserve a table of 8 for $280 ($5 per ticket savings). Tickets include dinner. Cash bar begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and awards presentation following at 6:30 p.m.

To learn more about the event or becoming a sponsor please call 526-7999 or visit www.harborspringschamber.com.

The awards and last year's winners include:

Outstanding Citizen Award:

Recognizing an individual for their lifelong contribution of time, talent and resources for the betterment of the greater Harbor Springs area. 2012 winner: Larry Buhl.

Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award:

Presented to a member of the HSACC who has dedicated time and energy to the successful development of chamber events, programs and/or activities. 2012 winner: Jenny Brower.

Harbor Springs Ambassador Award:

Given to a person who has a genuine fondness for the greater Harbor Springs area and who shares that fondness through enthusiasm and service that enhances the community and inspires others to do the same. 2012 winner: Crystal Ketchum.

The "I Can Do That" Community Service Award, Sponsored by Northwestern Bank

Honoring an individual (or group) who has contributed time and energy to various causes and made a lasting impression on the community. 2012 winner: Mr. Ed Meyer.

President's Award Individual and/or President's Award Business:

This is a dual award given to both an individual and a business that have contributed time and resources to help fulfill the mission of the Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce.

2012 winners, Individual: Barb Berry and Business: Little Traverse Yacht Club

Entrepreneur of the Year Award:

Coordinated by the Entrepreneur Club of Emmet County honors an entrepreneur who is helping to enhance the local economy through business growth. 2012 winner: Luther Kurtz of Skydive Harbor Springs

Area Beautification and Architectural Excellence Award:

Presented to an area business that has helped increase the architectural beauty and excellence of our communities through, new construction, unique design elements, or superior remodeling of an existing structure. 2012 winners: The Depot Club and Restaurant.

The HSACC Harbor Heroes Dinner is an outstanding event that allows community participation in recognizing deserving individuals and businesses that have truly made a difference.

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