LRCC Announces Recipients of Community Service, Outstanding Small Business & Legacy Awards
Friday, February 7, 2014
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Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Announces Recipients of Community
Service, Outstanding Small Business and Legacy Awards
to be Honored at LRCC Annual Dinner on February 20
– 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
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
Small Business Award honors a local small business that demonstrates stability,
innovation, a commitment to community, perseverance and a commitment to
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.
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.
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
Tickets for the
Lansing Regional Chamber Annual Dinner are available by contacting Travis
Richardson, Manager of Events and Programming, at 517-853-6463 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsorship and registration
information can also be found at www.lansingchamber.org.
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 www.lansingchamber.org, Facebook, Twitter (@Lansing
Chamber), LinkedIn and YouTube.