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Local Leaders Nominated for Excellence Awards

The Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce will recognize nominees and winners at a special dinner Jan. 21.

The will hold its annual Evening of Excellence event tomorrow night at the Concorde Banquets in Kildeer.

Part of the black-tie affair will include recognizing the nominees and winners of the 2011 Excellence Awards. The nominees for 2011 were:

Business of the Year    

  • Rose DePaola,
  • Ken & Chris Grooms,
  • Dr. Jack Edgar,
  • Hanan Hafez,
  • Tom Gescheidle, Smokin' T's BBQ
  • Anna Berman,
  • Lynn O'Brien,

Citizen of the Year   

  • Avis Bonnett, US Bank Home Loans
  • Terry Mastandrea, Retired
  • Tim Siefert,
  • Craig Taylor, Lake County
  • Tony Tinaglia,
  • Bob  Vitas,

Educator of the Year    

  • Liz Atkinson,
  • Anna Berman, Trilogy School of Performing Arts
  • Brenda Bollman, May Whitney Elementary
  • Jill Brooks,
  • Bill Herlocker,
  • Melanie Honegger, Lake Zurich Middle School North
  • Jennifer Lieppert, Lake Zurich Middle School North
  • Phil Stanko,
  • Suzanne Weider,
  • John Zarr, Lake Zurich High School

Chamber Volunteer of the Year

  • Anna Berman, Trilogy School of Performing Arts
  • Bonnie Conte, Avalon Salon
  • Ken Grooms, Grooms Insurance Associates
  • Hanan Hafez, Inland Bank

Samuel R. Mitchell Director of the Year

  • Ken Grooms, Grooms Insurance
  • Nancy Needham,
  • Rich Palmblad,
  • Justin Pathmann,

The Evening of Excellence will start with a reception for honorees at 5:30 p.m., followed by the awards dinner and board induction from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Music and dancing with The Tony Ocean Show will start at 8:30 p.m.

The Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce provided this information.

Sandy January 23, 2012 at 02:49 AM
It's about time Vitas was recogized for his accomplishments.

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