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Powerball winner W. Randy Smith, businesses honored at W.Va. chamber awards dinner

November 09, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Powerball winner W. Randy Smith was named the Citizen of the Year Wednesday night at the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner held at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg.

Smith, who was serving as a Berkeley County magistrate when he won a $79 million jackpot last year, has donated several million of his winnings to various community causes since then. The former Berkeley County sheriff also recently appeared on the “Lottery Changed My Life” series on The Learning Channel.

Also recognized at the chamber’s 85th dinner was the Holiday Inn and Prettyman Broadcasting, which received the Large and Small Business of the Year awards, respectively.

Pamela Wagoner, owner of Depot Florist, received the Business Person of the Year Award and Jerry Mays was recognized as the chamber’s Volunteer of the Year.

Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Tina Combs said the annual dinner gives the organization “the opportunity to show our appreciation to the many businesses and individuals who contribute to the success of the chamber and the community and celebrate those successes.”

Established in 1926, the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, nonprofit organization, which provides an array of services and support to business professionals and the community.  

The chamber said it has more than 800 members, according to its website.

— Matthew Umstead

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