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Community's finest honored at Chamber awards reception

October 14, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two local businesswomen received the prestigious Athena Award and Volunteer of the Year Award from the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce on Thursday night.

Pam Anderson, owner of Anderson Construction Co., Chambersburg, received the Athena Award, which recognizes a businesswoman's excellence, creativity and initiative in business, and her efforts to improve the quality of life for others.

In being presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award, Annette Sanders of the Institute for Caregiver Education Inc. was cited for going "above and beyond" in her service to the Chambersburg area, and her commitment to the community and her fellow man.

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A past president of the Franklin County Builders' Association, Anderson supports the goals of professional women, serves as a community volunteer and mentor and encourages other women to strive for greatness. She works with students at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center, judges a national student competition and holds roundtables for college women about construction management at the National Builders Show.

According to Yvonne Butts-Mitchell, the 2004 Athena recipient, Anderson is "awesome. Amazing. She's a role model for young women."

Anderson helped Butts-Mitchell's 15-year-old daughter explore nontraditional careers for women, Butts-Mitchell said.

"If you need something done, you go to Pam, and if she says, yes, she'll do it 110 percent," Butts-Mitchell said.

The annual awards ceremony at The Orchards recognized outstanding achievement and service to the community in various fields.

Sanders gives hundreds of volunteer hours to the Chamber, according to Chamber President David G. Sciamanna, who presented the award.

"I do what I do because I enjoy it. I care what happens in the community and in the schools," Sanders said.

A lifelong resident of Franklin County, Sanders serves on both the Chamber board and its Foundation Board, is chairperson of the educational liaison committee and is a member of the Festival of Trees committee. She also serves on the advisory board of Occupational Health at the Career and Technology Center, and the Chambersburg Hispanic-American Center board.

"I don't think what I do is very special. It's an honor to be recognized. I love people and I like to be busy," Sanders said.

Franklin County Judge Carol Van Horn served as emcee. Commercial sponsor of the event was The Phillips Group.

Other award recipients were:

· Property Improvement Awards: For a project up to $150,000: Gary Mahon, for the $143,000 renovation of the Long & Foster Building.

· For a project between $150,000 and $500,000: The Butcher Shoppe for its $325,000 Big Oak Caf.

· For a project of more than $500,000: The $13.9 million Summit Health Emergency Department.

· Environmental Sustainability Award of Wilson College and the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce: Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority.

· Agribusiness Award: McCauley Equine Center.

· Technology Award: Digital Matrix Studio.

· Innovator Award: Innernet Inc.

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