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Chamber Awards Gala presented by Jake’s Heating, Air and Plumbing

This event is sold out. To be placed on a waiting list please call Chamber office 765-529-5210


The finalists in each of the nine categories is now available below.

Awards presented in 2023 will be based on service and business in 2022.

The 2023 Chamber Awards Gala Wednesday, March 22, 2023
The awards gala is a time to recognize outstanding citizens and businesses of Henry County. During this annual event you will also have the chance to mingle, enjoy dinner, entertainment and have a chance to win a great raffle prize.

Leading up to the gala, nominations are accepted and Chamber membership will vote and select three finalist from each category.
At the gala the finalists are honored and the winner announced.

Nomination Finalists

And the award finalists are:

Young Professional of the Year
Aubrey Lindsey
Holly Lee
Casey Richards

Entrepreneur of the Year
Ben & Emily Hamm / The Press Coffee Shop
Aubrey Lindsey / Ollie Lue Soap Co.
Joanne Scott / Ky's Kreations Lunch Box

Citizen of the Year (4 finalists)
Carrie Barrett
Rex and Cathy Crabtree
William R Colvin
Angela Bertram Smith

Frontline Hero of the Year
Wendel Micheal Jaggers
Chase Koger
Alex Millis

Hospitality and Service Excellence Award 
Noah Carrow
Tisha Green
Tracy Jo Klotz

Small Business of the Year
MRS Heating & Cooling
The Barnett Co.

Large Business of the Year
Citizens State Bank
McGowan Insurance Group
Russ Hubler Automotive

Company Culture Excellence Award
Henry County REMC
Jake's Heating, Air and Plumbing
Eastern Indiana Works

Community Non-Profit Award (4 finalists)
New Castle Little League
Kiwanis Club
Art Association of Henry County
Miracle League of Henry County


Nominations are now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to make a nomination/s!

Nominations are open for 2022 (to be awarded in 2023).

Do not miss the opportunity to nominate the outstanding citizens and businesses of Henry County! We encourage interested businesses to nominate themselves, or to nominate any qualified and deserving individual or business!

-You do have to be a Henry County resident to be a nominee.

-A business or individual may nominate themselves.

-You may nominate more than one individual or business per category.

-Nominations must be in the Chamber office no later than February 20, 2023.

-Nominations may be submitted online via the links below or you may print the form and mail it to the Chamber office at: NCHC Chamber, 100 S. Main St., Ste. 108, New Castle, IN 47362. It must be received no later than February 20, 2023.

-Nomination forms are also available at the Chamber office.

-The final three will be notified no later than February 27, 2023. The final three from each award and their nominators should plan to attend the event.

-A representative from each Chamber member business will vote and the three finalist from each category will then be announce February 27. At the gala the finalist are honored and each category winner announced.

Click on the category for the online/printable nomination form.

Categories are:

-Young Professional of the Year

-Entrepreneur of the Year

-Citizen of the Year

-Frontline Hero of the Year

-Hospitality and Service Excellence Award

-Small Business of the Year

-Large Business of the Year

-Company Culture Excellence Award

-Community Non-Profit Award


Chamber Awards Guidelines – March 22, 2023

Voting parties:

  • Current Chamber members receive 1 vote per category from their primary contact.
  • Previous year award recipients (1 representative from a business/organization) may vote on the category which they were awarded
  • Chamber Awards presenting sponsor
  • Chamber board members

Voting process:

  • Business or person name is removed from information that voting panel sees
  • Combine multiple nominations to one so that each nominee has one set of information to review
  • Voting days and times will be provided

Award nominees:

  • An award recipient (excludes honorees) is not eligible to win again for 3 years
  • If a nominee is not able to attend the event, they may send a proxy
  • All nominees receive two tickets to the event
  • Nominees/recipients are not required to be Chamber members

Nominations due by February 20, 2023

Voting in Chamber office February 22 & 23, 2023

Finalists notified February 27, 2023


Dress is a little bit shy of black tie.
Click here for reservations.

5:30pm Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
6:30pm Dinner Served followed by Awards Program

Reservations include:
-Cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres, cash bar and entertainment.
-Dinner: Sliced Beef Roast w/Beef Gravy & Grilled Chicken Breast, Parsley Roasted Potatoes, Key Largo Blend Steamed Vegetables, Yeast Dinner Roll

Attendee $35
Nominee & 1 guest $0
Table of 8 $250
Table of 6 $200
Final 3 Nominees +1 $0 (call office to make reservation 765-529-5210)

Chamber Partners Receive:
Platinum - Table of 8 with signage
Gold - Table of 6 with signage
Bronze - Reservations for 4

Call 765-529-5210 or with questions.

Nominees Attending Gala

If you are one of the finalists nominees:

You and one guest may attend at no cost. You do need to register though. You may do this by clicking here and select 'Chamber Gala Nominee & 1 Guest'.

When your category is being announced and they say your name or business name you will be asked to stand and be recognized.

If you are the award winner a representative or small group will come to the stage to accept the award. You will be asked if you would like to say a few words. You are not required to speak if you are not comfortable doing so.

After receiving your award you will go to the photo area and a professional photographer will take your picture. Family and friends are asked to take photos following the event.

If you are honored but not the award recipient you will receive a plaque. This will be delivered to you are your seat.

Seating is reserved. If you wish to be seated with a specific group we recommend you make your reservation by phone. Tables of 6 and 8 are available and the cost of your complimentary ticket/s will be deducted from the table prices. Please call the office at 765-529-5210.

Attire is a little bit shy of black tie. But business casual is acceptable.

Call 765-529-5210 or with questions.


Click here for sponsorship registration.

This is your opportunity to showcase your business at the Chamber Awards Gala! Be sure your business is part of this prestigious event that will honor 9 outstanding businesses and citizens of Henry County.

Sponsorships Available:

-Presenting Sponsor (1) $2,500 SOLD
Jakes Heating Air & Plumbing

-Award Table Sponsor (1) $1,000 SOLD
Empire Title Services, Inc.

-Dinner Sponsor (3) $700 SOLD OUT
Russ Hubler Automotive
Reid Health Primary & Specialty Care
Rose City Funeral Home

-Cocktail Hour Sponsor (2) $500 SOLD OUT
Altra Dry, Inc.
Henry County Saddle Club

-Dessert Sponsor (2) $500 SOLD OUT
Jeffery Raatz, Senator
LifeStream Services

-Music Sponsor (1)  $300 SOLD
Henry County Community Foundation

The Sanctuary
Amy Glaser State Farm
First Financial Bank
Vickie McIntosh - First Merchants Bank Mortgage Originator
Heart of Indiana United Way
Henry County REMC
Margison Graphics & Signs

Click here for sponsorship registration.

Call 765-529-5210 or with questions.



The JMetzger Group will provide a professional photographer to take photos that will be published in the Chamber Magazine and posted on our website and social media channels.

An award recipient is not eligible to win again for 3 years. If a nominee was honored but not a recipient they are eligible.

Citizen of the Year

2021 Debi Ware
2020 No awards due to COVID
2019 Olene Veach
2018 Jerry Cash

Business of the Year

2021 Grede Foundry
2020 Heroes of Henry County
2019 Boars Head Provisions
2018 ERA Integrity Real Estate

Small Business of the Year

2021 Hinsey-Brown Funeral Services

Service and Hospitality Award

2021 Jennifer Donoghue

Frontline Hero of the Year

Deputy Jared Millikan

Company Culture Excellence Award

F.C. Tucker Crossroads Real Estate

Community Non-Profit of the Year

New Castle Evening Optimist

Entrepreneur of the Year

Cindy Gibson

Young Professional of the Year

Stuart Hamby

You may nominate for as many award categories as you wish. You may also nominate more than one person for each category. You may nominate yourself or your business.

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