Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce awards excellence during annual dinner

By Mike McClure

The Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce presented awards to Bev Blades, Lynn Betts, Amy Higgins, and Heritage Shores during last Thursdays

Excellence in Leadership dinner and auction at the Seaford Volunteer Fire Company.

Executive Director Lynn Harman kicked things off with the presenta.tion of the Volunteer of the Year Award to Bev Blades for her work as Chair of the Chambers Tourism Committee. Blades has worked tire.lessly to help make western Sussex County a tourism destination.

She has worked endless hours, said Harman. She has given so much of her time to our chamber.

Part of that time has been spent hosting travel writers through the Chambers fam tour, making break.fast, lunch, dinner, and goody baskets for the writers.

The Blazing New Trails award went to Heritage Shores. Rob Harman, chair of the Business and Economic Development Forum, presented the award to representatives from Heritage Shores. Harman recalled when he started in the real estate business and first heard of plans for an active adult community with a golf course and restaurant in the middle of a farm field.

It was almost like building a field of dreams, Rob Harman said. Heritage Shores made the dream come true.

Heritage Shores is a great place with great people, added Heritage Shore General Manager Rob Anen, who thanked the developments residents, some of who were in attendance, for their support.

In the most emotional award presentation of the night, Community Involvement Committee chair Denise Crockett and committee member Keith Bosco presented the Community Involvement Award to Lynne Betts.

Her selfless acts always put others first, said Crockett.

Bosco, assistant chair of the Community Integrated Services, interviewed Betts for a job (which she got) and was told up front that she was only available to work part-time because she volunteers full time.

Its hard to sum up Lynne Betts, Bosco said. Shes truly a saint in all teams of the word. Thats the thing about Lynne, she doesnt give up when things dont work out the way she would want it to.

In addition to her work with Community Integrated Services, which helps people with disabilities find jobs, Betts volunteers with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. She also goes out of her way to help people, often letting them sleep in her house.

This is for my community and my family because seed planters dont get any.thing accomplished without anyone else. It really takes a village. I am very humble to get this, said Betts.

The Business Person of the Year went to Amy Higgins of the Guide. Higgins, who was featured in a past issue of the Star, thanked her employees and advertis.ers. She received her award front Chamber Board President John Tarburton.

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