Chamber awards dinner rescheduled

'Enhancing our community's quality of life': Businesses and individuals to be honored at Silver Birches dinner on Nov. 3

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  • Owner Junior Dabashi at Key Food Marketplace (Photo by Anya Tikka)

  • Matt Osterberg at the launch of the Village Pharmacy prescription drug drop box, which he worked to make happen. (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Some of the members of the Econo-Pak team (from left): Maintenance Manager Adam Launsbury, Production Manager Johnny Montana, Billing Specialist Ilene Fenigan, Shipping and Receiving Manager Rich Kleh, Customer Service Donna Lounsburg, Chief Operating Officer Ed Horn, Chief Executive Officer PJ Wiebel, Customer Service ManagerWendy O’Brien, Customer Service Tara Puhlovsky, Customer Service Shelly Rhinesmith, Quality Control Manager Debbie Meerdink, Director of Quality Jim Keenan (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Amy Eisenberg (Photo by Preston Ehler)

  • Davis R. Chant Facebook photo

  • Safe Haven at its grand opening (Photo by Anya Tikka)

— Businesses and business leaders across Pike County will be honored at the 2017 Pike County Chamber of Commerce Chamber Champions Awards Dinner, set for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, at Silver Birches, 205 Route 507, in Hawley.

This reflects a change of the original September date announced for the dinner, in order to avoid conflict with a religious holiday.

"The Board of Directors of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce respectfully apologizes to the Jewish Community for scheduling our Chamber Champions Awards Dinner on the Jewish Holy Day of Yom Kippur," says a statement sent by the Chamber on Sept. 15. "It was an unfortunate oversight on our part. We truly appreciate the members of the Jewish faith who brought this to our attention. The chamber never willingly wanted to offend any faith and we are truly sorry. It is most important that we be respectful to all faiths. So to all of our neighbors and friends from the Jewish faith please accept our apologies. We hope you will join us on the new date November 3rd to celebrate our Chamber Champions at Silver Birches Restaurant on Lake Wallenpaupack."

Individuals and businesses in seven categories will be recognized for their extraordinary achievements and contributions to the county's economic development and quality of life. The event is by advance reservations only.

This year's "Chamber Champions" are:

Business of the Year — Key Food Marketplace in Milford

Person of Excellence — Matt Osterberg

Business Expansion Award — Luhrs True Value Hardware, Milford, and Woodloch Resort, Hawley

Individual Hometown Star Award — Amy Eisenberg

Organizational Hometown Star Award — Greater Pike Foundation

Rising Star Award — Justin F. Genzlinger, Settlers Hospitality Group, Hawley, and P.J. Wiebel, Econo-Pak, Milford

Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award — Safe Haven of Pike County and United Way of Pike County

Lifetime Achievement Award — Davis R. Chant

“We expect this event to be a highlight of the county’s social calendar, given the exceptional quality of these honorees,” said Jack Boyle, dinner chair.

Attorney Kelly Gaughan will emcee the evening, which will feature a cocktail reception (cash bar), dinner and program. Admission is $50 per person. For reservations call 570-296-8700 or email

“The overriding mission of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce is to accelerate business growth in Pike County, by promoting economic development while preserving and enhancing our community’s quality of life," says chamber president Jody Welsh. “The Chamber Champions awards program salutes those who are making a difference in advancing that mission.”

Chamber Champions Awards committee

Jody Welsh, President, Pike County Chamber of Commerce
Arlene Quirk, Keller Williams
Paul M. Brislin, EA
Derek Bellinger, Wayne Bank
Devron McDermott, Citizens Bank
Jack Boyle, Palmetto Court Productions LLC
Lee Ann Camarero, Office Manager, Pike County Chamber of Commerce

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