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

Awards presented in 2024 will be based on service and business in 2023.

The Chamber Awards Gala - Wednesday, March 20, 2024
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 finalists from each category.
At the gala the finalists are honored, and the winner announced.


2023 Award recipients are posted!


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

1942 Lloyd Beall, Lowell Beavers and Russell Flemning

1943 Harry Cooper and W.C. Nicholson

1944 Willard Jorda and Nelson B. Lantz

1945 W.G. Smith

1946 Nathan J. Dann

1947 Hathaway Krausbauer

1949 Carl Crickmore

1950 Mrs. R.D. Steffy

1951 Gurney Gray

1953 Stanley Harding

1954 Leo Hudson

1955 James B. Lee

1960 Rexford Wright

1961 Martin Lane

1962 Robert Garrison and Pauline Marienthal

1963 E. Wayne Swayzee

1964 Mitchell Cassidy

1965 Stanley A. Warner

1966 Harold Ingersoll, Jr.

1967 Richard P. Jennings

1968 Gilbert K. Hewit

1969 George S. Denton

1970 Morris Edwards

1971 Harr A. Burke and John A. McGrady

1972 Robert E. Jones and Donald C. Danielson

1973 Rilla Denton and Jerry Barr

1974 Dr. John Fisher

1975 Walter Chamber, Jr.

1976 John M. Lane

1977 J. Edward Dyer

1978 Robert W. Howard

1979 Paul W. Prior

1980 Jack Bassler

1981 R. Scott Hayes

1982 Robert W. Shauver

1983 Donald C. Danielson

1984 Dr. Jerry Horn

1985 Richard W. Myers

1986 Bob Bowman

1987 Joseph Morris

1988 David Copenhaver

1989 Joan Stairs

1990 Mark Medley

1991 Patricia Danielson

1992 Judge John Kellam

1993 Beverly Hankenhoff

1994 Gene Lacy

1995 Ray Pavy

1996 Marilyn Bowman

1997 John Finnerty

1998 Duane Brammer

1999 Judy Melton

2000 Charles V. Sehlberg

2001 Herb Bunch

2002 Noel Blevins

2003 Susan Cassidy

2004 Wil Ruback

2005 John & Marjorie Fonzer

2006 Francis Frazier

2007 Carol Goodwin and Dick Leitch

2008 Jerry Schaffer

2009 Don Hinshaw

2010 Arthur Ratliff

2011 Ray & Peggy White



2023 Nominee Finalists


Jeff and Cindy Cross
Scott Frost
Mary Nicholson Tait

Small Business

CJ's Candies
Hudson Rentals
Modest Midwest Wax Co.
Poynter Brothers Pro Shop

Large Business

Remington Seeds
Jack's Donuts Distribution
Jake's Heating, Air and Plumbing


Blue River Taphouse
CJ's Candies
Selah Salon & Spa

Hospitality and Service

Juli Coffman
Mike Hacker
Karl Niles

Company Culture

First Merchants Bank
MRS Heating & Cooling
Selah Salon & Spa

Young Professional

Wyatt Brewster
Krystal Stanich
Chris Wilkey


Healthy Communities of Henry County
Henry County New Castle Kiwanis
Secret Families of Henry County

Frontline Hero

Angela Cox
Coy Adkins

Attending Gala

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

Dinner Menu: Sliced roast beef, chicken kiev, glazed carrots, roasted potatoes, yeast roll
Dessert: Jack's donuts tiramisu or chocolate cake layered with chocolate mousse
Please call office if you have special dietary needs 765-529-5210

Reservations include:
-Cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres, cash bar and entertainment.

Attendee $40
Nominee & 1 guest $0 If more than one guest will be attending with the nominee please contact the Chamber office for special pricing.
Table of 8 $330
Table of 6 $250
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.

Sponsor - Sponsorship is sold out!

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 (4) $700

-Cocktail Hour Sponsor (2) $500

-Dessert Sponsor (4) $500

-Music Sponsor (2)  $500

-Decor Sponsor $150

-Silver Spotlight Sponsor $250

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.


Nominations are now Closed

Nominations are closed for 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 or employed in Henry County to be a nominee. Please see award nomination form for criteria.

-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 23, 2024.

-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 23, 2024.

-Nomination forms are also available at the Chamber office.

-The final three will be notified no later than March 5, 2024. 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 announced afternoon of March 5th 2024 . At the gala the finalist are honored and each category winner announced.

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

Categories are:

Nominations closed February 23rd.

-Citizen of the Year

-Young Professional of the Year

-Entrepreneur 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

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 voting information.
  • If there are multiple nominations for one business/person they will be combine so that each nominee has one set of information to review
  • Voting days and times will be provided
  • The primary representative for each Chamber member business gets one vote in each category. Members can see their primary representative under their log in. Call office if assistance is needed.
  • All voting notices will be sent by email and voting will be doing online via a link sent by email.

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 Friday, February 23, 2024

Chamber Member voting Tuesday, February 27 - Friday, March 4, 2024

Finalists notified Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Sponsorship Deadline Friday, March 8, 2024

2012 Nancy Dietz

2013 Cathy Hamilton

2014 Jeff Ray

2015 Denny Adams

2016 Dennis Hamilton

2017 Maurie Goodwin

2018 Jerry Cash

2019 Olene Veach

2020 Heroes of Henry County (Pandemic)

2021 Deb Ware

2022 Carrie Barrett

2023 Scott Frost


Business of the Year

2000 HC Sports Medicine

2001 Citizens State Bank

2002 Goodwin Bros. Auto

2003 Cardinal Healthcare Pharmacy

2004 Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service

2005 Myers Furniture/Appliances

2006 Walnut Ridge Family RV Services

2007 Smiley Body Shop

2008 Ruse Home Appliance Center

2009 Draper, Inc.

2010 Americana Insurance

2011 Heritage House of New Castle

2012 D.L. Couch

2013 Montgomery's Steak House

2014 Magna Machine and Tool

2015 Good's Candies The original and Jack's Donuts

2016 Henry County REMC

2017 Henry Community Health

2018 ERA Integrity Real Estate

2019 Boar's Head Provisions

2020 Heroes of Henry County (Pandemic)


Large Business

2021 Grede

2022 Citizens State Bank

2023 Remington Seeds


Small Business

2021 Hinsey-Brown Funeral Services

2022 Temptations

2023 Hudson Rental

Young Professional

2021 Stuart Hamby

2022 Holly Lee - ICAP

2023 Chris Wilkey



2021 Cindy Gibson - The Warehouse

2022 Jo Scott - Ky's Kreations Lunch Box

2023 Valarie Lamb - CJ's Candies


Non-Profit Organization

2021 New Castle Evening Optimist

2022 Miracle League

2023 Secret Families of Henry County


Company Culture

2021 F.C. Tucker Crossroads Real Estate

2022 Henry County REMC

2023 Selah Salon & Spa


Service and Hospitality

2021 Jennifer Donoghue

2022 Tracy Klotz / The Shoe Sensation

2023 Karl Niles


Frontline Hero

2021 Deputy Jared Millikan

2022 Alex Millis - Henry County Dispatch

2023 Angela Cox - Henry County Health Department

Past Award Recipients



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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