EASLEY — On Thursday The Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards banquet, honoring local businesses, non-profits and community leaders for their positive influence in the area.
The event was held at South and West in downtown Easley and attended by residents of Easley and neighboring communities belonging to the Chamber.
Britt Wyatt of The Sentinel-Progress was named Ambassador of the Year by the Chamber for her work in helping promote the Chamber, attendance to ribbon cuttings and milestone anniversaries and recruitment of new members.
Lawson Clary was named Young Professional of the Year for his work with several Boards around the county as well as his role of executive pastor at 5 Point Church. Unable to attend the banquet, his award was accepted on his behalf by his father, Rep. Gary Clary.
Chris Wilson accepted the Chamber’s Non-Profit of the Year award for The Dream Center. The Dream Center has continued to be a source of inspiration and redemption in the Easley area by offering people in need a “hand up, not a hand out” by way of educational classes, “dream dollars” and their new homeless shelter based on the “tiny house” model.
Joe Lesley was posthumously named The Cornerstone of Easley by the Chamber, an award that’s only been presented once before. Joe was recognized for his lasting impact in the lives of everyone he met, as well as the city itself. Accepting the honor was Carolyn Lesley, Joe’s widow.
The Fine Arts Center of Easley was named Small Business of the Year by the Chamber. The Fine Arts Center has helped not only to bring a new spark of life to the downtown area but has created a learning atmosphere helping countless others to explore their creative sides. Amanda Gunter was on hand to accept the award.
American Legion Post 52 was named The Pillar of Easley, an award presented to businesses or organizations which provide a lasting and invaluable influence to their area. Post 52 was honored for their work with Boys State, Auxiliary Girls State, AL baseball, youth services, veterans affairs and others. Accepting the award for the post was Commander Jimmy “Bones” Wilson and Sam Gillespie.
Director of the Year was presented to Chamber Chairman of the Board Robert Halfacre by Chamber President Cindy Hopkins for going above and beyond with his duties and responsibilities with the Chamber.
Powdersville Advisory Member of the Year was awarded to Cindy Fox Miller and Charles Dalton of Blue Ridge Electric was presented with the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.