In a celebration of community spirit, the Highlands Chamber of Commerce proudly honored exceptional individuals and organizations at its Autumn Ovation event held last night.
The annual gathering brings together Highlands Chamber members to network and celebrate the honorees.
The Duke Power Award for Volunteer of the Year, presented to Jim Spencer. The award recognizes leadership, volunteer involvement and community service. Spencer quietly but tirelessly supports a multitude of local initiatives. He lends a helping hand through Rotary projects and dedicates his time selflessly to organizations like the Emergency Council, Biological Center, and Food Pantry. Spencer’s willingness to step up, take action without complaint, and get the job done, is a testament to his outstanding character. Additionally, he will soon become a graduate of the Leadership Highlands program, further showing his dedication to understanding and addressing the ongoing needs of our community.
The Robert B. Dupree Award for Outstanding Community Service, presented to the Highlands Historical Society and their volunteer Kim Daughtery for her work on the Dahlia Festival. Awarded annually since 1980, it goes to a person or group who devotes time, talent, and compassion to positively impact the lives of others in Highlands. Since 1979, the Highlands Historical Society, comprising entirely of volunteers, has tirelessly preserved the unique charm of our town. Their mission includes sharing and educating residents and visitors about our rich heritage, ensuring we never forget our roots.
Daughtery’s Dahlia Festival leadership role entailed months of preparation and coordination of a substantial team of volunteers. This year she and her team were responsible for over 50 captivating floral vignettes around town. The single bloom display had a record number of entries and of course there was always the food, music and storytelling.
The Del Roberts Award for Outstanding Business, presented to the International Friendship Center. The award was created in 2005 to honor a business’ unselfish contribution to Highlands. The organization, founded in 2002, stands as a beacon of support for both children and adults in need of essential human and social services. Their work directly impacts our employees and neighbors who may be facing adversity, providing them with the support and resources they require to regain security and self- sufficiency.
For more information on the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, call 828-526-5841 or click HERE.