BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual volunteer awards ceremony this afternoon.
The event recognized four outstanding volunteers for their service in the community over 2018.
Recipients of the following awards have not only displayed leadership qualities, but have also given back tremendously to the community.
"The continued success of our organization would not be possible without the loyal service of our dedicated volunteers," said Steve Davis, Board Chairman.
The club awarded Julie Huntsman of Afni, Inc. as "Ambassador of the Year." Chamber Ambassadors are responsible for recruiting and mentoring new members of the organization, as well as extending goodwill throughout the community. Huntsman has served as an ambassador to the Chamber of Commerce since 2014, and was recognized for her countless hours of welcoming new partners, sharing information about the Chamber and attending many programs and events.
"Even the ambassadors we announced worked four thousand hours a year and they come to all the ribbon cuttings, and it's just exciting to see a community that supports its leaders and its other businesses," said Davis.
The "Chamber Volunteer of the Year" was awarded to Monica Wardlow of Citizen's First Bank. Wardlow was appointed to the Chamber Board of Directors in 2014 and serves as a Chamber Ambassador as well. She participates in programs such as the "SCK Launch Experience" which provided nearly 2,700 8th graders hands-on career experience.
"The Young Professional of the Year" award went to Destini Eaton of Atalla Plastic Surgery. Bowling Green Young Professionals strives to connect and retain young talent in the local community. Destini has served as a BGYP member since 2017 and recently became a Chamber Ambassador December of 2018.
Travis Keller of Independence Bank received the "Board Volunteer of the Year award." The Chamber's Board of Directors serves as the governing body of the organization and leads the program's strategic initiatives. Keller has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 2015 and represents the club in events such as ribbon cuttings, coffee hours and other annual events.
"These volunteers go above and beyond to support the Chamber and give back to the community and our Chamber partners. We are very grateful to have such a strong volunteer base, and we thank each of them for his and her time, hard work and commitment," said Davis.
Some award winners were also surprised by their friends, family and coworkers who were invited to attend the event.