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Green Chamber presents Impact awards

11/21/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

From left are the Green Chamber of Commerce’s Impact Awards award winners and others at the luncheon Nov. 12: Michelle O’Brien, team leader of Green Giant Eagle Market District (Vision Award); event speaker Ken Babby, owner of the Akron RubberDucks; Donnie Boyer, owner of Legends Sports Pub & Grille (IMPACT Award); Bill Hoffman, owner of Water X Scapes, (Environment Award); Lori Lautenschlager, executive director of the Green Family YMCA (Community Award); and Green Chamber CEO Lori Howerton.
Photo courtesy of the Green Chamber of Commerce
GREEN — The Green Chamber of Commerce’s sixth annual Impact Awards were presented to local businesses and organizations Nov. 12 at Chenoweth Golf and Banquet Hall.

The event began with a keynote address, “Bringing a Whole New Ballgame,” by Ken Babby, CEO and owner of the newly renamed Akron RubberDucks. Babby purchased the Aeros last October, renamed the ball club and has been renovating Canal Park stadium, including adding a $1.65 million state-of-the-art scoreboard and a new restaurant to open at the facility next season, according to event officials.

The chamber event also included the presentation of its annual awards. The recipients of each award, with information submitted by Chamber officials, include:

• Vision Award — Green Giant Eagle Market District: The 80-year-old Giant Eagle had a vision to take the local store to a new level and create the Market District. The new store includes full-time nutritionists available to help people eat healthy, demonstrations to teach customers how to cook, buffet and Asian Wok stations serving ready-made meals and renovated sit-down space for eating on-site. In addition, 100 employees were hired.

• Community Award — Green Family YMCA: The organization focuses on caring, honesty, responsibility and respect while emphasizing youth development, health living and social responsibility. The Y demonstrates these values through its programs and community involvement. The Y offers after-school care to students, free membership for those unable to afford it, and staff members and volunteers ready to help customers.

• Environment Award — Water X Scapes: Owned by Bill Hoffman, the second-generation business has turned its focus to water gardening and harvesting. Water X Scapes customers are encouraged to use natural aquatic means to create a sustainable balance in ponds rather than chemicals. The garden center harvests 2,500 gallons of water 20 times per year to feed its plants, and it has played a significant role in educating and implementing the citywide rain barrel program.

• IMPACT Award — Legend Sports Pub & Grille: The business’ marketing budget focuses on community giving and partnerships with nonprofits, making a positive impact on the community. Legends is not only generous with donations and sponsorships, but it brings patrons and business to the community.

The Awards Selection Committee included Chairperson Bob McKee, of KeyBank; Denise Dennewitz, Copeco; Jeff Goodwin, Innovative Autocare; Ken Kemerer, Silmix-Ohio; Vic Lamb, Greensburg Lions Club; and Steve Schmidt, SS&G.

For more information about the Chamber, visit www.greencoc.org or call 330-896-3023.


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