2010-04-08 / Business

Chamber of Commerce hands out congratulations during awards dinner at Warwick Hills

BY ROBERTO ACOSTA

Beecher High School football coach and athletic director Courtney Hawkins speaks after receiving the Children’s Hero award. Beecher High School football coach and athletic director Courtney Hawkins speaks after receiving the Children’s Hero award. GRAND BLANC — Six awards were given out during the Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce’s Chairman’s Award dinner March 31 at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club.

Edna Green-Perry was awarded the Citizen of the Year award during the evening’s ceremony. Green-Perry founded Women Reaching Women more than 30 years ago, a group that helps women going through detoxification from drugs and alcohol. She is also a volunteer at several organizations in the Flint community, such as the Flint Woman’s Forum and a Block Club Crime Watch program.

Other nominees in the category included Deacon Jack Daunt, Father Jay Gantz, Pattie Gantz, Ken Halter, Cathy Lane, Lorraine Morrisette and Kathy Rometty

Former Pittsburgh Steeler, Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Michigan State wide receiver Courtney Hawkins received the Children’s Hero award for his work with the Beecher High School football team. Hawkins returned to coach for his alma mater in 2006, and led the Buccaneers to a winning record and the playoffs in 2007. Beecher had not had a winning record for 13 years, and the team had not appeared in the playoffs since 1993. The team has finished above .500 every year since 2007 and made the playoffs each season.

Edna Green-Perry addresses the crowd following her announcement as Citizen of the Year award winner during the Chairman’s Award dinner March 31. The award was sponsored by the Grand Blanc VIEW. Edna Green-Perry addresses the crowd following her announcement as Citizen of the Year award winner during the Chairman’s Award dinner March 31. The award was sponsored by the Grand Blanc VIEW. Fellow nominees alongside Hawkins included Joe Abbott and Jason Watson.

Grand Blanc West Middle School language arts teacher Mary Kennedy-Jacob won the Educator of the Year award for her work in several different areas with children. One of her most notable accomplishments has been starting the African-American quiz bowl team. Kennedy-Jacob has guided the “Bobcatz” team to consecutive quiz bowl victories in 2008 and 2009 at the Flint Public Library.

Nominees for the Children’s Hero award included Heather Asperger, Kathy Bodari, Donald Bomeli and Terry Reen.

Financial Plus Federal Credit Union snapped up the Hometown Hero award, which recognizes a business that unselfishly demonstrates outstanding community service to their area, and were nominated along with Dental Care Team, Gavin Smith Photography, Grand Blanc/View Newspapers, The State Bank Flint Journal and Trim Pines Farm Inc.

Dr. Bradley Habermehl took home the Health Professional award for his work in the field of optometry and his volunteer work in the community and with the Burton Rotary Club, while Dr. Ibrahim Jarjoura was named the evening’s final award winner capturing the Chairman’s Award. Jarjoura has aided in giving many local children free dental care in the past few years with his fellow employees from Dental Care Team in Grand Blanc.

Masters of Ceremonies for the event were Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce president Jet Kilmer and Robert Striker, general manager for Cumulus Broadcasting. Judging for the awards was done by the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce.

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