FAIRBORN — The Fairborn Area Chamber of Commerce recently recognized several individuals and groups that have had a positive impact on the Fairborn community over the last year.
The Annual Chamber Banquet was held Friday, May 2 at the Fairborn Holiday Inn with roughly 174 people in attendance. During the event, eight awards were presented including an historic first for the chamber, with both the President’s Award and Jack Huelsman Civic Award going to worthy organizations rather than individuals.
Jack Huelsman Civic Award
The chamber’s most prestigious award, the Jack Huelsman Civic Award, is named in honor of a man whose life’s work was not measured by what he gained from the Fairborn community but what he gave to it. This year’s recipient is the Greene Medical Foundation.
“This surprise award goes to an organization that has unselfishly reached out to not only the Fairborn community but all of Greene County,” said Chamber Executive Director Paul Newman.
As the philanthropic are for both Greene Memorial Hospital and Soin Medical Center, the Greene Medical Foundation provides for renovation of both emergency rooms, specialized equipment such as defibrillators, a unique digital mammography machine, ultrasounds and physical therapy accessories and more.
Their annual Circle of Victory Cancer Walk proceeds assist Greene County cancer patients with medications, transportation and prosthetics. The foundation also provides health fairs, seven days of first aid care at the annual Greene County Fair, and an Eagle Scout recognition luncheon for the Tecumseh Council of Boy Scouts of America.
With respect to the Chamber, the foundation has contributed to the annual Easter Egg Hunt, the Halloween festival, the golf outing and Fairborn night at Wright State. They have also supported numerous other county groups.
“While supporting and assisting all these functions and untold more, this organization seeks no recognition and quietly operates behind the scenes,” Newman said. “It’s time to recognize, thank and honor this special caring asset of Greene County that in some way most likely touched each of us, our family, friends or our neighbors.”
Chamber President’s Award
President Pam Gayheart chose CEMEX to receive this year’s President’s Award for their contributions to the Fairborn City Schools.
“In my role as public relations director for the Fairborn schools this award is personally meaningful to me because a significant portion of the support this organization gave directly to assist Fairborn students,” she said.
The company donated environmental books to the school libraries, helped purchase new robes for the Fairborn High School choir, provided sports sponsorships for “Pay to Play” for families who could not afford the fees, donated educational supplies and gave sponsorship toward the end of the year celebration for classes in the primary, intermediate and middle schools.
“Support for the youth of Fairborn continued with a commitment of over $7,000 to the Fairborn Little League program that underwrote the cost of field maintenance and a new sound system,” said Gayheart.
CEMEX has also contributed to the Fairborn 4th of July parade and Free on Friday concert series at Community Park, as well as the chamber’s Halloween festival, annual Easter Egg hunt and golf outing.
“Inspite of its global presence, this company prides itself on its local involvement which makes Fairborn a grateful recipient of its community outreach,” Gayheart said.
The Ambassador Club Award was presented to the Fairborn High School Student Ambassadors. Two students from the sophomore, junior and senior classes are chosen annually to serve as representatives at various school and community functions. Their plaque reads, “In gratitude and appreciation for your volunteer and service endeavors representing the students of the Fairborn City Schools.”
The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Award was presented to Lt. Col. Daniel Schulteis, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician at WPAFB. He was recognized for his work with Nationwide Children’s in Columbus on a study to determine the genetic causes for autism. His plaque reads, “In recognition of your involvement with research and intervention programs for the diagnosis and treatment of autistic children in Fairborn and Greene County.”
The Greene County Career Center’s 2014 “Friend of Education” award was presented to Fairborn City Schools Superintendent Dave Scarberry. His plaque reads, “In recognition of your career technical support at Fairborn High School and the Greene County Career Center allowing more students to be prepared for post secondary and career advancement.
The Fairborn City Schools Award was presented to Fairborn Police Officer Bill Titley, who is the school resource officer and DARE officer. His plaque reads, “In deep appreciation for your timeless dedication to educating the Fairborn City Schools students with regard to safety, security and welfare issues.”
The City of Fairborn Award was presented to Fairborn Administrative Services Director Pete Bales. His plaque reads, “In recognition and appreciation for your leadership and dedication to the principles of good government for the citizens of Fairborn.
The Wright State University Award was presented to Matt Filipic, who served as chief financial officer for the past 14 years and is former Senior Vice Chancellor for the Ohio Board of Regents. His plaque reads, “In appreciation for your many years of outstanding service to Wright State University, the Fairborn Community and State of Ohio by improving educational opportunities for students of all ages.”