Chamber to honor leaders at dinner

GREENFIELD — Several community leaders who have been busily chugging away during the past year — some in the spotlight and others behind the scenes — will be honored at an upcoming awards banquet.

The Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing to host its annual Community Walk of Fame dinner, which recognizes seven community members for their service to their area.

The event, which also serves as a fundraiser for the chamber, will be at 6 p.m. April 28 at Adaggio’s Banquet Hall in Greenfield, 5999 W. Memory Lane. Tickets cost $50 and are available until April 22 on the organization’s website,

Admission includes dinner and wine, along with silent and live auctions led by auctioneer Wayne Addison.

Harold Olin, super- intendent of Greenfield-Central School Corp. and a member of the chamber’s board of directors, said the awards play an important role in bringing awareness to the community’s heavy-hitters.

Twenty-one nominees are up for the awards, which range from community hero to businessman and businesswoman of the year.

Retta Livengood, president of the chamber, said those individuals deserve acknowledgement for their achievements.

Skip Kuker, executive director of the Hancock Economic Development Council, was among the honorees for the awards last year.

Kuker, who received the community champion award, said it was thrilling to receive the award.

“To be recognized by people who you truly respect, that is such an honor,” he said.

The 21 nominees up for this year’s awards include:

Fritz Fentz, ServiceMaster by Fentz

Nick Fiano, Fiano Landscapes

John Senger, Daily Reporter

Tammy McKnight, Red Banana

Nancy Davis, Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation

Georgia Knotek, Knotek Dental Office

Dave Gray, Hancock County Public Library

Deby Low, Forty Financial/Meals on Wheels/Hope House/Rotary Club

Bob Wortman, J.R. Wortman/Cancer Center/Hancock Regional Hospital

Kathleen Vahle, Meals on Wheels

Linda Ostewig, The Landing

Carl Denny, Hancock Hope House

Chris Baggott, Tyner Pond Farms/The Mug/Griggsby’s Station

Jason Swift/Dan Noah/Brent Sandquist/Kurt Sundling, Wooden Bear Brewing Company

Dane and B.J. Erlewein, Erlewein Mortuaries

Brad Hancock, Shelter Insurance

Tricia Raichart, Covance

Donieta Ross, Leadership Hancock County/Greenfield Central School Corp.

Keely Butrum, Raymond James and Elegance Outdoors

Amy Borgmann, Borgmann Realty

Alana Lashaway, Daily Reporter

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Daniel Morgan is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. He can be reached at (317) 477-3228 or