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McDowell Strong Awards


As the word normal morphed into new meanings for all of us across the nation in 2020, McDowell businesses and residents rose to the challenge. When Zoom no longer meant a fast car, residents, businesses, schools, and organizations shifted gears adapting to rapid-fire changes in order to keep McDowell County strong, healthy, and resilient. 

The McDowell Chamber of Commerce dedicated its traditional Annual Banquet to honor those in our community that exhibited strength, fortitude, acuity, compassion, and tenacity in the face of the disorder from the pandemic. The live Zoom event, McDowell Strong Awards, was created in partnership with local media company AUMedia, LLC and sponsored by Tom Johnson Camping World, Morris Heating & Cooling, and Baxter Healthcare

As a way to recognize the many acts of service, courage, forethought, and ingenuity, the Chamber created four new awards along with our prestigious Duke Energy Citizenship Award to present at the event.  ​

McDowell Strong Awards: Phoenix Award winner Flavors on Main

 

The Phoenix Award: This award recognizes those businesses that not only survived the struggles and hardships of 2020, but were positioned in such a way that they were able to thrive and grow. 
 

AND THE WINNERS ARE: 

FLAVORS ON MAIN GENERAL STORE
J. HARTMAN'S RESTAURANT
INGENIOUS COFFEE
OPEN DOOR TO HEALTH

MCDOWELL LOCAL
MARION HOT WHEELZ
HILLMAN BEER
OLD FORT OUTDOORS


 

 

The Frontline Award: This award recognizes the selflessness of those in our community that continued to serve and work during the pandemic. 
 

AND THE WINNERS ARE:
 

 
MCDOWELL COUNTY SCHOOLS NUTRITION DEPT.
MCDOWELL COUNTY TEACHERS
WILLIAM KEHLER AND THE MCDOWELL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TEAM
KAREN POWELL AND THE FOOTHILLS HEALTH DIST
RICT TEAM

CROSS MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH
DOVE'S GROCERY STORE

 

The Trailblazer Award: This award is for businesses that when most were struggling to stay open, they were identifying needs and creating solutions during the pandemic. They exemplify leadership in crisis and focused on solutions to benefit the community. 
 

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

FOOTHILLS INDUSTRIES
KITSBOW
CORPENING MEMORIAL YMCA
ROBERTSON PACKAGING SUPPLY INC.

 

The Good Samaritan Award: This award was created to honor those in the community that even when they were dealing with the fallout of Covid-19, they helped others in the community through donations, advice, and mentorship.
 

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

FOOTHILLS FOOD HUB
BRUCE'S FABULOUS FOODS
HEATHER EDWARDS & TEAGAN SACCO
CALEB PARKER
MCDOWELL LOCAL
MARION ROTARY CLUB
RODNEY JACKSON
LANDDIS HOLLIFIELD
FREEDOM LIFE MINISTRIES
NIKKI PALMER
JASON SEIDEL
WEST MARION COMMUNITY FORUM

 

The Duke Energy Citizenship Award recognizes and rewards leadership and/or involvement in volunteerism and community service. This award encourages a culture of citizenship and service in our communities that highlights the very traits that creates a strong a vibrant community. This is a tribute to individuals or groups who make a difference in their communities or places of work by using their time, talents, and compassion to positively impact the lives of others. This year, Duke Energy chose to present two of these prestigious  awards, as the recipients were so deserving, said Duke Energy representative Robin Nichols. 
 

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

THE MCDOWELL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TEAM
WILLIAM KEHLER




Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." We understand that the strength of a community is only as strong as its people, and we are proud of the hardiness exhibited by our neighbors, businesses, and friends. 

On behalf of the Chamber of Commerce board and staff, congratulations to all of the award recipients, we are a very grateful community to have each of them. 

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