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Chamber recognizes volunteers with awards

2019 Lake Norman Chamber Board Chair Tricia Sisson presents Georgia Krueger, Executive Director of the Ada Jenkins Center with the Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award. Also pictured (left to right) Maritza Stutts, John Crutchfield, Bill Russell, and Leslie Wilson. Photo courtesy of John McHugh / Ocaid Photography

Jan. 21. At the annual gala Friday night, the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce recognized an organization and individuals who have gone the extra mile for the Lake Norman region.  Outgoing Chamber Chair Tricia Sisson recognized Georgia Harris Krueger and some of her key staff present with the prestigious Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.

Krueger is the executive director of the outreach center which provides lasting solutions for health, education, and economic stability for people who need assistance from Huntersville to Mooresville.

Krueger said she and her team were  honored to receive the Duke Energy award. “The Ada Jenkins Center is an important piece in making our region an even stronger place and it is so nice to be recognized as such,” she said.

Last year more than 850 individuals volunteered at the Center.

The Chamber also recognized Andrew Schlesser with Sweet Dreams Mattress and Furniture with the John R. Cherry Community Service Award for his civic involvement. Schlesser, utilizing an alter-ego character “Mattman,” helps promote area charities including Angels of ’97, Mooresville Christian Mission and Welcome Home Vets.

Chip Scholz, 2003 board chair,  was received the Scott Hinkle Servant Leadership Award for his work with the Chamber’s Academy of Political Leadership.

Other recognitions included Steve Genebacher from Christian Brothers Automotive in Huntersville as the Volunteer of the Year, Don Oaks with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity with the Carbon Ambassador of the Year, and Jason Colvin with Colvin Insurance and Financial Services with the Starrette Service Award as the Outstanding Board Member of the Year.

Special recognition also went to Sylvia Spury, the chamber’s executive vice president, who was singled out with the Chairman’s Distinguished Service Award for her work on behalf of the Chamber’s Women’s Conference, Diversity Program and Women’s Networking group.

The annual chamber gala was held at The Peninsula Club.