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Volunteerism Celebrated in Style

Karen Batchelder (center), Karen's Ballroom Dancing & Fitness - 2014 Desire King Award
Karen Batchelder (center), Karen's Ballroom Dancing & Fitness - 2014 Desire King Award
The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the true 'GOLD' in our communities last evening with the Ferrin Community Service Awards, an annual event recognizing both individuals and business owners that contribute to the cultural, economic or civic well being of our community.

The crowd of 200 filled the Wiggin Auditorium at Peabody City Hall and was entertained by a very touching and comical keynote by Marjorie Clapprood.

The positive impact of volunteering is central to any individual or community.   Volunteerism betters the overall health of a business by promoting teamwork, increasing morale, and improving employee retention, loyalty, and productivity.  Volunteerism comes in all shapes and sizes but  allows people to feel part of a common cause; as well as work on something with a meaningful and fulfilling purpose.  The more people volunteer, the more their communities benefit as a whole.

The Chamber's Community Service Committee, chaired by Cindy Moore of Moore GMC in Danvers, is responsible for identifying candidates and reviewing nominations in several categories.

Congratulations again to 2014 award recipients:

Mary Upton Ferrin Award:  Ms. Heather Murray
Business Leadership Award:  Burtons Grill Peabody
Desire King Award:  Karen's Ballroom Dancing
Community Spirit Awards:  Susan Ring Brown, Colleen Derrivan, & Joan Morrissey.

TD Bank was the sponsor of the event, along with City of Peabody, Eastern Bank,  North Shore Bank, Citizens for Adequate Housing, Phil Richard Insurance, Northeast ARC, Peabody Cultural Collaborative, Atlantic Ambulance, Community Credit Union, Long’s Jewelers, Cranney Companies and Northshore Mall.

Having a strong business community benefits all of us in so many ways. When a business is profitable, they are more likely to support non-profit organizations, education initiatives and youth programs that make the communities we live in what they are. 

The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce is about empowering business to succeed, while enriching the community.  If you would like more information on how your business can get involved, visit www.peabodychamber.com or call 978-531-0384.

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bryan flake April 09, 2014 at 06:01 PM
Isn't it just wonderful when individuals and businesses give back to the community as a whole? I think that it draws everyone together is so much more of a unified way. I am wondering how I can get involved more in my own community? bryanflake1984| <a href='http://www.brodney.com/' >http://www.brodney.com/</a>

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