The New Albany Chamber of Commerce plans Dec. 13 to announce its annual Delta Award winners.
"We really tried to look at it this year as recipients who demonstrate these attributes in the community," said chamber member Zoe Guirlinger.
Guirlinger, owner of Ultimate U Total Health, said the Delta Awards mirror the qualities identified in the chamber's strategic plan, symbolizing the chamber's efforts to work in "economic resilience, leadership creation and community strength."
Guirlinger said the Outstanding Community Event and Outstanding Citizen awards define those qualities. The Outstanding Community Event Award winner is Pelotonia, a cancer research bicycle tour fundraiser; and the Outstanding Citizen Award winner is Pelotonia organizer Tom Lennox, a cancer survivor and New Albany resident.
Guirlinger said Lennox showed the ultimate in resilience, by first surviving cancer and then establishing the Pelotonia bike tour to fund cancer research. She said Pelotonia riders are encouraged to raise their own money for the event and, in turn, to become leaders.
Pelotonia attracted more than 6,000 riders this year and raised more than $15 million for cancer research.
Guirlinger said the rest of the awards also exemplify parts of the chamber's mission, whether through community contributions, raising awareness of an issue or providing economic growth and stability through a building renovation or expansion:
The Outstanding Business Award winner is Tween Brands for "superb customer service to create loyal consumers; innovation and successful business practices which generate profitable revenues; reinvesting in the community by supporting philanthropic and/or civic events through committing resources, talent and leadership; and/or promoting a healthy workplace that creates a positive employment environment for its associates," according to the chamber.
The Outstanding Renovation Award winner is the Discover Allure Skin Centre, which completed its renovation to the former Plain Township office on Second Street to "improve the physical appearance and enhance the customer experience," according to the chamber.
The Outstanding Expansion winner is PharmaForce, which completed a "$72 million expansion of its physical facilities by building a production and research center in New Albany. The investment incorporated new design features that augmented the workplace experience and accented natural environmental components," according to the chamber.
The Outstanding Civic Hero Award winner is Dave Wharton, director of New Albany Parks and Recreation, for helping to improve the quality of life in New Albany. "He is the quiet hero that works year round and often without recognition yet focused on goal attainment," according to to the chamber.
The Outstanding Community Program Award winner is the New Albany Middle School Anti-Bully Walk, held in April in conjunction with the high school's Peace Week celebration. "This program enhances the quality of life in the New Albany, Ohio community by inspiring others to improve skills, knowledge, health and/or aesthetics," according to the chamber.