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LRCC Announces Recipients of Community Service, Outstanding Small Business & Legacy Awards

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February 4, 2014 Kolt Communications, Inc

Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Announces Recipients of Community Service, Outstanding Small Business and Legacy Awards

Winners to be Honored at LRCC Annual Dinner on February 20

(Lansing, MI) – The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2014 Annual Dinner awards: Michael G. and Deborah L. Harrison have been named recipients of the Community Service Award; Harvest Creative Services and Stony Point Communications have been named co-winners of the Outstanding Small Business Award; and PNC Bank has been chosen as the recipient of the fourth annual Chamber Legacy Award.

All three awards will be presented during the 2014 Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner, held Thursday, February 20 from 5:15 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Michigan State University Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.

Community Service Award

The Community Service Award honors outstanding individuals who give their time and expertise to the community, above and beyond their own field of endeavor, and demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in all they do. This individual is an inspiration to the community, both in their profession and in their efforts to make the Lansing region a better place to live, work and play.

The selection of Michael G. and Deborah L. Harrison for the distinguished Community Service Award marks just the second time in the history of the award that a couple has been selected as the recipients (Jud and Louise Werbelow in 1997). Michael Harrison has enjoyed a distinguished legal career including 24 years as an Ingham County Circuit Court Judge (chief judge 1980-1991), and currently serves as a senior attorney for Foster, Swift, Collins, and Smith P.C.. Among his extensive community and professional contributions, Michael served as president of the Lansing Sesquicentennial Foundation Board of Directors and has been active in the Rotary Club (president), Boy Scouts of American Chief Okemos Council Executive Board (president) and the United Way. He was recognized with the Glenn Taggart Award for Community Contribution to International Understanding as a result of his work to assist young Libyan professionals in East Lansing. Debra Harrison has enjoyed a distinguished career as a community volunteer. She was a founding member for the Wharton Center Inner Circle and helped pull together the Women’s Interest Group, which provided a professional network for women in the community. As a breast cancer survivor, she helped establish in the Sparrow Foundation the Deborah L. and Michael G. Harrison Endowment for Mammography that pays for mammograms for those who cannot afford them, as well as research, education and equipment related to breast care health.

Outstanding Small Business Award

The Outstanding Small Business Award honors a local small business that demonstrates stability, innovation, a commitment to community, perseverance and a commitment to diversity.

Since 1982, Harvest Creative Services has been offering clients creative branding solutions through strategy, writing, video, music and design. Steve Curran, president and creative director, and his partner Mark Miller are the creative geniuses behind some of the most well-known local and national ad campaigns. Harvest assisted Apple with the launch of the iPhone 5 campaign. Additionally, Harvest is behind Amway’s branding, the new Meijer branding campaign, Biggby’s "It’s time to Be” campaign, and the Auto-Owners Insurance commercial featuring local athlete and Olympic Gold Medalist Jordan Wieber. Harvest Creative Services works on the HBO television show, The Newsroom, as Jeff Daniels automatic dialogue replacement team.

Stony Point Communications is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014. Owners Anne Harcus and Mark Holoweiko sat down at the kitchen table in December 1994 to sketch out a plan for launching a new kind of strategic public relations and marketing agency. Harcus and Holoweiko organized their agency on a network model which means at its center would be their home-based offices and those of other employees, knit together by a virtual private network. It was designed to be a small, low-overhead operation, yet capable of delivering national caliber creative services at a moderate cost. Harcus and Holoweiko wanted a name that would outlive either of theirs. They chose Stony Point Communications, Inc., reflecting the town in which they began their marriage 15 years earlier -Stony Point, N.Y. Along the way, Anne, Mark and their team has garnered dozens of local, state and national awards for excellence, based on results achieved for their clients.

Legacy Award

As one of the longest serving members of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, PNC Bank has a proud history of serving the Chamber and the Greater Lansing region. The original bank formed in 1892 and was known as American State Savings Bank. The PNC brand was introduced to the Greater Lansing region in 2008 when PNC acquired National City Corporation. Today, PNC has 66 retail branches and ATM machines within a 17-mile radius of downtown Lansing. Continuing the great tradition of service to the Chamber and the community, PNC prides itself on its contributions both financially and through the volunteer work of its employees. PNC’s Early Childhood Education Program allows PNC employees to earn grants for the center at which they are working. Since January 2011, PNC has awarded 18 such grants in Mid-Michigan, totaling $44,500. PNC employees in the Greater Lansing region have worked more than 3,800 volunteer hours in the past three years, for organizations including Fenner Nature Center, WKAR, Sparrow, Impression 5 Science Center, YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing, Ele’s Place and Michigan State University.

Tickets for the Lansing Regional Chamber Annual Dinner are available by contacting Travis Richardson, Manager of Events and Programming, at 517-853-6463 or Sponsorship and registration information can also be found at

The mission of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) is to be the preeminent business advocacy organization in the Greater Lansing region by collaborating for economic growth, creating new opportunities for our members and upholding pro-business ideals through the advancement of sound public policy. More information about LRCC and its programs and services can be found on any of its social media platforms, including, Facebook, Twitter (@Lansing Chamber), LinkedIn and YouTube.


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