New awards added to Hartsville Chamber Banquet

2015 Will Woodham Business Person of the Year Award winner Kanti Patel, manager of the Fairfield Inn in Hartsville. Photo contributed

2015 Will Woodham Business Person of the Year Award winner Kanti Patel, manager of the Fairfield Inn in Hartsville.
Photo contributed

The Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce will return to the DeLoach Center to hold its 95th Annual Membership Banquet on February 8. The event is a celebration of the progress and accomplishments of the chamber and the Hartsville community over the recently concluded year as well as an opportunity to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations with awards. The banquet will feature a keynote address from incoming chamber board chair Leslie Pemberton as well as remarks from outgoing board chair Tim Browne and chamber president Quinetta Buterbaugh.

In addition to the traditional awards for Business Person of the Year, Caregiver of the Year, Citizen of the Year and the recently-added Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award, two new awards will be presented for the first time at the Annual Banquet. The United Way has recognized volunteers in the past, but never on as large a stage as the Banquet. United Way director Joann DeLong is seeking letters of recommendation from the public for volunteers in the community who have been a volunteer within the Hartsville area for a minimum of 2 years, have volunteered at multiple locations, and who have not received any wages for their work. Letters can be sent to the United Way at PO Box 756, Hartsville, SC 29551.

The second addition to the slate of awards is a new award from Hartsville Young Professionals (HYP). The Hartsville Young Professional of the Year is an award given to a dues-paying young professional who displays all the characteristics of the HYP mission. This individual goes above and beyond to help make Hartsville a city where young professionals want to live, work, and play. The HYP board will nominate and vote for this award based on community engagement, professional achievements, and passion for growing Hartsville’s young professional network.

The Pilot Club Caregiver of the Year and Rotary Citizen of the Year awards are also seeking nominees from the community. Nomination forms can be found on the chamber’s website at or picked up at the chamber office at 214 N. 5th Street. Nominations are being accepted for these prestigious accolades until January 8.

The chamber board’s executive committee will nominate and vote on the final two awards: the Will Woodham Business Person of the Year Award and the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.

Award nominations, tickets and sponsorships are available through the chamber for this members-only banquet. Visit or call the chamber at 843-332-6401. Tickets are $35.

Author: Jana Pye

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