WARSAW — Earlier this month, the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of their 2020 business and individual awards during their 109th annual awards program.
LaunchPad Family Friendly Business Award
Recipient: Wawasee Community Schools
The LaunchPad Family Friendly Business award recognizes a business that provides innovative and creative solutions to support their employees’ family and/or childcare needs. Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice was this year’s award sponsor. Glenn Hall spoke about how this year’s winner, Wawasee Community Schools, opened two new on-site early learning programs for their staff and the community. Honorable mention recognition for this award was given to Parkview Warsaw YMCA and Zimmer Biomet.
Making a Difference Award
Recipient: The Salvation Army
The Making a Difference Award was sponsored by Old National Bank and presented by Sandra Parra. The award was given to The Salvation Army for their positive impact on the community.
“This month, The Salvation Army is celebrating its 100th anniversary of serving Kosciusko County and following their motto of ‘doing the most good’ with resources given so generously by the community,” said Parra. “Each year, The Salvation Army provides help to nearly 5,000 individuals in Kosciusko County.”
Honorable mention recognition was given to Clevenger Insurance and Kensington Digital Media.
Health and Wellness in the Workplace Award
Recipient: Kosciusko County Government
The Kosciusko County Government was awarded the Health and Wellness in the Workplace Award, sponsored by PNC Bank and presented by Corinna Ladd. The Kosciusko County Government recently conducted a health risk and biometric assessment of their employees. They used the results to create and implement a comprehensive workplace wellness program. Employees are able to attend classes on health and wellness during paid work hours. Honorable mention for this award was given to Goshen Health and Kosciusko County Purdue Extension.
Rising Star Award
Recipient: Winona IT
The Rising Star award is given to Kosciusko County’s highest performing new company. This year, the award, sponsored by Horizon Bank and presented by Mitchell Goon, was awarded to Winona IT.
“In their first two years of business, Winona IT has grown its employee and customer base quickly,” said Goon. “Their team has risen to the challenge by effectively managing the growth in workload while maintaining a positive relationship with all clientele.”
Honorable mention recognition was given to Cable Bullet and Music Encounters.
Business of the Year Award
This year’s Business of the Year Award was sponsored by Lake City Bank. Lisa O’Neill presented the award to Polywood.
“In 2020, they welcomed 160 new employees to their Syracuse location,” said O’Neill. “Currently, they are in the process of constructing additional buildings that will provide over 100 new local jobs within the next year. This growth has positively impacted Kosciusko County’s economy with rippling effects for our residents and the surrounding area.”
Honorable mention was given to G&G Hauling & Excavating and Rabb Water Systems.
Ambassador of the Year Award
Recipient: Heather Lardino, 1st Source Bank
Lauren Klusman, the Chamber’s marketing and communications manager, presented the Ambassador of the Year Award to Heather Lardino from 1st Source Bank.
Young Adult Professional of the Year Award
Recipient: Travis McConnell
John Warren of Crossroads Bank, presented and sponsored the Young Adult Professional of the Year Award. YAP is a group of business professionals under the age of 40 who are active in the community. This year’s recipient was Travis McConnell.
Government Excellence Award
Recipient: Kosciusko County Coroner Tony Ciriello
Monica Kendrick presented the Government Excellence Award sponsored by Zimmer Biomet to Kosciusko County Coroner Tony Ciriello.
“Ciriello is a very dedicated local elected official,” said Kendrick. He is committed to our community and is always willing to help those who need him.”
As previously announced, the Chamber also awarded the 2020 Man and Woman of the Year to Dr. David Hoffert and Angie Ritchey.