Greater Easley Chamber present annual bevy of awards


By Kasie Strickland - kstrickland@civitasmedia.com



Britt Wyatt was thrilled to be named the 2016 Ambassador of the Year, an award presented for going above and beyond in promoting businesses and participating in community events throughout the Easley area.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Gordon Brush, right, accepted the award for Director of the Year from Robert Halfacre, incoming Chairman of the Board for the Chamber.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Dr. Chris Ferguson, left, was named the 2016 Powdersville Advisory Member of the Year at Thursday’s award banquet.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Emily DeRoberts from Duke Energy presented Sen. Larry Martin with the Duke Citizenship and Service Award for his many years of selfless contribution to the area.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Julie Capaldi of United Way of Pickens County accepted the award for Non-Profit of the Year presented by Bryson Skelton of Sam’s Club.


Nik Chapman | The Semtinel-Progress

Alida Gardiner of the YMCA was named Young Professional of the Year by The Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce. She accepted the award from Bryson Skelton of Sam’s Club.


Nik Chapman | The Semtinel-Progress

Kelly’s Family Pharmacy was named 2017’s Small Business of the Year by the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

The Sentinel-Progress was named 2017 Pillar of Easley at the 69th annual meeting and awards dinner held by the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce. Bryson Skelton, right, presented the award to publisher Patricia Edwards, center, and general manager Christine Wyatt, left.


Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Business owners and community leaders came together on Thursday evening to take part in the 69th annual Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner.


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EASLEY — Business owners and community leaders came together on Thursday evening to take part in the 69th annual Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner.

“First of all, I want to thank you all for not only participating in our Chamber, but being active members of the community as well,” said Chamber President Cindy Hopkins. “This is a partnership and none of it would work without your support.”

WYFF News Channel 4 Anchor Patrick Hussion served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, which recognized individuals and businesses in the Easley area for contributions to their communities.

“”Our Ambassador Committee consists of energized chamber members who serve as the volunteer public relations department for the organization,” said Hussion. “Together, they are invaluable asset to our membership retention efforts and of course, goodwill.”

The 2016 Chamber Volunteer Leadership Awards were presented to Dr. Chris Ferguson for Powdersville Advisory Member of the Year, Gordon Brush for Director of the Year and to Brittany Wyatt for Ambassador of the Year.

The Duke Citizenship and Service Award was presented to Sen. Larry Martin.

“This evening we have the privilege to honor a true public servant,” said Hussion before listing off an incredible resume of service including his leadership in the S.C. General Assembly and 22 years as the “Senator from Pickens.”

“You’re forgetting the most important thing on that list,” interjected Easley Mayor Larry Bagwell. “He was also the Grand Marshal for last year’s Christmas Parade!”

“Can’t forget that,” said Martin.

Julie Capaldi accepted the award for Non-Profit of the Year on behalf of United Way of Pickens County and Alida Gardiner of the YMCA was named the 2017 Young Professional of the Year.

The Small Business of the Year award was presented to Kelly’s Family Pharmacy for their role in the community by bringing a customer-service oriented experience to their customers.

The Sentinel-Progress was presented with the 2017 Pillar of Easley award, an honor that has previously been given to Robinson Funeral Home, Baptist Easley Hospital, R. Carl Byers Agency Inc. and Cely Construction.

“To say I am stunned and speechless is an understatement,” said Patricia Edwards, publisher of The Sentinel-Progress. “Receiving this award is truly an honor for all of us.”

Christine Wyatt, general manager of The Sentinel-Progress, praised the employees of the paper, saying that they are what provides the manpower for the paper to be as involved in the community as it is.

“I am honored to work with an amazing group of people every day,” Wyatt said. “They are passionate about their jobs, supportive of everything we do and come to work every day ready to go out and conquer the world. We can’t express how deeply appreciative we are for this award.”

Britt Wyatt was thrilled to be named the 2016 Ambassador of the Year, an award presented for going above and beyond in promoting businesses and participating in community events throughout the Easley area.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_015.jpgBritt Wyatt was thrilled to be named the 2016 Ambassador of the Year, an award presented for going above and beyond in promoting businesses and participating in community events throughout the Easley area. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Gordon Brush, right, accepted the award for Director of the Year from Robert Halfacre, incoming Chairman of the Board for the Chamber.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_025-1.jpgGordon Brush, right, accepted the award for Director of the Year from Robert Halfacre, incoming Chairman of the Board for the Chamber. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Dr. Chris Ferguson, left, was named the 2016 Powdersville Advisory Member of the Year at Thursday’s award banquet.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_029.jpgDr. Chris Ferguson, left, was named the 2016 Powdersville Advisory Member of the Year at Thursday’s award banquet. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Emily DeRoberts from Duke Energy presented Sen. Larry Martin with the Duke Citizenship and Service Award for his many years of selfless contribution to the area.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_036.jpgEmily DeRoberts from Duke Energy presented Sen. Larry Martin with the Duke Citizenship and Service Award for his many years of selfless contribution to the area. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Julie Capaldi of United Way of Pickens County accepted the award for Non-Profit of the Year presented by Bryson Skelton of Sam’s Club.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_045.jpgJulie Capaldi of United Way of Pickens County accepted the award for Non-Profit of the Year presented by Bryson Skelton of Sam’s Club. Nik Chapman | The Semtinel-Progress

Alida Gardiner of the YMCA was named Young Professional of the Year by The Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce. She accepted the award from Bryson Skelton of Sam’s Club.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_048.jpgAlida Gardiner of the YMCA was named Young Professional of the Year by The Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce. She accepted the award from Bryson Skelton of Sam’s Club. Nik Chapman | The Semtinel-Progress

Kelly’s Family Pharmacy was named 2017’s Small Business of the Year by the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_051.jpgKelly’s Family Pharmacy was named 2017’s Small Business of the Year by the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

The Sentinel-Progress was named 2017 Pillar of Easley at the 69th annual meeting and awards dinner held by the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce. Bryson Skelton, right, presented the award to publisher Patricia Edwards, center, and general manager Christine Wyatt, left.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_056.jpgThe Sentinel-Progress was named 2017 Pillar of Easley at the 69th annual meeting and awards dinner held by the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce. Bryson Skelton, right, presented the award to publisher Patricia Edwards, center, and general manager Christine Wyatt, left. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Business owners and community leaders came together on Thursday evening to take part in the 69th annual Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_057.jpgBusiness owners and community leaders came together on Thursday evening to take part in the 69th annual Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner. Courtesy photo

By Kasie Strickland

kstrickland@civitasmedia.com

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

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