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  • Chamber Announces Honorees for Annual Dinner on November 14th

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    October 18, 2017
    WILKES-BARRE, PA: The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce has announced the award winners for their 2017 Annual Dinner, presented by Mohegan Sun Pocono. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. on November 14th at Mohegan Sun Pocono. It will honor the following awardees:
    Metz Culinary Management as the Large Business of the Year, sponsored by Community Bank
    Metz Culinary Management was established in 1994 by entrepreneur John C. Metz as a custom dining management service company with a “Guest First” philosophy serving a variety of market segments, including healthcare, corporate dining, higher education, and public and independent schools. 
    The company provides dining service to over 240 client partners in 21 states on the east coast and mid-west. Metz Culinary Management’s corporate headquarters is located in Dallas, Pennsylvania and Metz employees over 5,500 employees company-wide.
    MCR Productions as the Emerging Business of the Year, sponsored by PNC Bank
    MCR is a production, rental, and design company. MCR began as a lighting company and then moved into the aspects of table and room design. Most recently, they have further expanded into a physical location to offer event space at the Room at 900, in addition to lighting, centerpiece and floral design, furniture, flooring, and entertainment.
    Within the past few months, MCR has significantly expanded their services with the opening of two private event venues, one at 900 Rutter Ave in Forty Fort – the Room at 900, and a second in Mayfield PA – the Atrium at NEET Center.
    Candy’s Place, a Cancer Wellness Center as the Charitable Organization of the Year, sponsored by Sordoni Construction
    Candy's Place, a Cancer Wellness Center, is a place where cancer patients and their families can find solace and support in a safe, non-threatening, home-like environment.  Since its foundation in 1998, thousands have benefited from the services provided at Candy's Place.  These services--which range from physical to emotional support--offer a safe haven where patients find the help they need in an effort to guide them through their journey.
    All programs and services are free to cancer patients and their caregivers and are open to the public for a small fee.  These programs and services include exercise classes, support groups, educational workshops, cancer resources, lending library, wig and accessories boutique, oncology massage, reiki, reflexology, and facial therapies.  Candy's Place also offers one-on-one training sessions, yoga, meditation, and cardio classes. 
    Greg Collins as the Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, sponsored by the Tambur Family Foundation
    Greg Collins, a 25-year company veteran at Wells Fargo, has led more than 300 team members and oversaw the operations of 37 Wells Fargo branch banking offices across nine counties. Previously, he served the bank in leadership roles in northeast Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. 
    Mr. Collins is deeply involved in the northeast Pennsylvania community, serving as a member of the board of trustees for Misericordia University, and as a board member of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry, Leadership Wilkes-Barre, the Wilkes-Barre YMCA, the Wilkes Barre General Hospital and the United Way of Wyoming Valley. In 2015, he chaired the American Heart Association Gala for Northeastern PA.  He is the recipient of the 2015 North Star Award from the Northeastern PA Council Boys Scouts of America, the 2015 Distinguished Leadership Award from Leadership Wilkes-Barre and the 2015 Community Service Award from the Salvation Army.
    Wilkes University, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, and Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites Wilkes-Barre Scranton as Pride of Place Award Recipients, sponsored by Geisinger Health Plan and Geisinger Health System
    The Chamber’s Pride of Place Award is presented to businesses, industries, and organizations that have improved the physical environment of the Greater Wilkes-Barre area through new construction, restoration, renovation, and environmental enhancement.
    Wilkes University will receive this award for the Clayton and Theresa Karambelas Media and Communications Center and the new Sordoni Art Gallery, Penn State Wilkes-Barre for the renovation of their Science Center, and Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites Wilkes-Barre Scranton for the renovation of their Kidder Street location in Wilkes-Barre.
    Additionally, the Healthy Workplace Award recipient will be announced prior to the event, and honored on the night of the Annual Dinner. This award is sponsored by Geisinger Health Plan and Geisinger Health System.
    For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.wilkes-barre.org/events or contact Lindsay Bezick at 570-408-1724.
    Lindsay Bezick, Vice President, Chamber of Commerce
    lindsay.bezick@wilkes-barre.org, (570) 408-1728
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