Chamber recognizes merchants, ALASI, Stevens

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

HUNTINGBURG — Two groups and a Huntingburg man were surprised with honors from the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce.

The Huntingburg Merchants Association received the Business of the Year Award during the Nov. 3 Christmas Tree Lighting.

The association is a collection of businesses that work together to beautify and promote downtown Huntingburg. The group just hosted its 34th annual Huntingburg Christmas Stroll this past weekend.

“We thought it was so important to recognize them,” said Sara Schroeder, executive director of the chamber. “The merchants association has dedicated years and years to the development and promotion of downtown Huntingburg. And with all the construction [to redesign Historic Fourth Street] this last year, the association has stepped up to make sure that downtown is still thriving.”

The Association of Latin Americans in Southern Indiana, or ALASI, received the chamber’s Golden Leaf Award during the chamber’s Nov. 1 luncheon.

Formed in 2008, ALASI’s goal is to help integrate the Latino and non-Latino communities through positive interaction and advocacy. The organization promotes cultural awareness through different activities, such as the annual Latino Cultural Festival. Group members also participate in many different organizations, businesses, committees and events in the community.

ALASI embodies the spirit of the Golden Leaf Award, which is given in recognition and appreciation of services and efforts geared toward the development of the City of Huntingburg.

The Next Generation of Leadership Award was presented to Nick Stevens at the luncheon.

He served as the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce’s executive director from August 2009 to December 2014, and was instrumental in creating the Garden Gate Festival. He has also served on the Huntingburg Stellar Committee, Huntingburg Main Street revitalization committee, the Herbstfest committee, the city’s 175th anniversary celebration committee, the Dubois County Film Commission, and the Huntingburg Kiwanis Club. Stevens now works at Old National Bank, is a member of the Huntingburg Redevelopment Commission and is a 2013 graduate of the Dubois County Leadership Academy.

The Next Generation of Leadership award, created in honor of former chamber board president Al Mihajlovits, recognizes emerging leaders within the Huntingburg community.




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