Each November, the Highlands Chamber of Commerce celebrates the successes of our business community with their Annual Autumn Ovation. Chamber Executive Director Kay McKan welcomed Chamber members and introduced and thanked Chamber Board members who had served during the year.
A special part of the event is the presentation of three prestigious awards which are given to individuals and businesses, acknowledging their significant contributions to Highlands. This year’s event was hosted by Old Edwards at their new Woodfire Bistro + Bar, Four65.
The 2019 award recipients are:
Robert B. Dupree – “Outstanding Community Service”
Presenting: Chamber Board Chair Hilary Wilkes
Recipient: Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation
Accepting: Stephanie Edwards, Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation Board Chair
Duke Power – “Volunteer of the Year”
Representing Duke Energy and to speak on this award: Gerald Parks, Duke Energy Construction and Maintenance Supervisor for Macon County
Presenting: Mary Adair Trumbly, Chamber Board Vice Chair
Recipient: Steve Mehder
Del Roberts – “Outstanding Business/Organization”: Given in memory of Del, local businessman and for his volunteer service to the Chamber
Presenting: John Woods, Chamber Board Member
Recipient: The Town of Highlands
Accepting: Mayor Pat Taylor and Town Manager Josh Ward