The Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Awards Dinner on April 26, 5:30 p.m., at the Mollohan Center on the Wetzel County 4-H Grounds. During the event they will honor the 2012 Annual Community Awards winners:
Educator of the Year: Debra Kocher who has worked at Valley High School as a teacher's aide for several years. She has always gone out of her way to help all of the students there. There were several students who would not have graduated without the guidance and help she offered.
Youth Leadership/Volunteer of the Year: Theresa Theodoro, a senior at Magnolia High School. She is a member of the Science National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Senior Rep. for Rotary Student of the Month, and President of the Relay for Life Club, helping raise $16,000 for Wetzel County Relay for Life. Theodoro has accumulated 96 hours of Community Service.
Employee of the Year: Jae C. Lehew has been employed with S & S Jewelry, where she is currently the general manager, for the past 15 years. She has an Associate's degree from West Virginia Northern Community College and is a graduate in Diamonds from Gemological Institute of America. She has taken several seminars and classes in management, selling, appraising, and customer service.
Civic Organization of the Year is The Necessities Barn which is located by the First Church of God in New Martinsville. On the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon they give out necessary items such as toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, razors, shaving cream, dish soap, and more. They serve approximately 150-200 households per month.
Professional of the Year: Daniel Mason of Tri County Hearing Center has served the area for over 20 years. He has worked for many years in cooperation with Quota Club of New Martinsville to offer free hearing screenings to many individuals in the area.
Business Owner of the Year: Anke Hunt who began Off the Wall in her home, then expanded to Main Street in New Martinsville, now located on state Route 2 and again has expanded with La Pasta Bella and a Bed & Breakfast. While doing that she has raised three children and is active in her church and was active with Young Life.
Business of the Year: New Martinsville Care & Rehabilitation Center considers giving back and being part of the community the only effective way to operate. Their facility participated in several community service events during the past year. Their center took on a special project during the last year that they refer to as Operation Americanism-serving those who has served our country.
Citizen of the Year: Forrest "Shorty" Tennant has been a member of the Church of Christ since the age of nine. He has spent over 40 years working with Public Service District to bring municipal water to Reader and the surrounding area. He is one of the only two remaining charter members of the Reader Volunteer Fire Department and has served as vice president, treasurer, and the assistant fire chief for 25 years.
The dinner will be provided by Dianna's Cakes and Catering. Tickets are available until April 24 by calling 304-455-3825. Cost is $25 for chamber members and $30 for non-members.