Business Leaders, Local Healthcare Workers recognized at Chamber Membership Banquet

June 25, 2021 | Written by: Morgan


Sanford, NC (June 25, 2021) – The Sanford Area Growth Alliance (SAGA) held the Annual Chamber Membership Banquet Thursday, June 24, at Sugarneck. In tradition with previous Chamber Banquets, several awards were presented to local business and community leaders.


This year’s banquet marked the first time in the history of the annual event that it was held outdoors. Guests were treated to libations from Camelback Brewing Company and a meal from Mrs. Lacy’s Magnolia House.


“The theme of the previous 15 months has been ‘adapt and overcome.’ This year’s Chamber Banquet was no different,” commented SAGA Events Manager Morgan Barbour. “We were excited at the prospect of still hosting the Chamber Banquet with a different flair, and we could not be more thankful for the staff at Sugarneck and all of our sponsors for helping create a perfect event.”


The first award of the evening, the Business Advocate of the Year Award, which recognizes those who promote our business community, passionately fosters the entrepreneurial spirit, and often works behind the scenes, was presented to Downtown Sanford, Incorporated.


The Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award, presented by Indira Everett of Duke Energy, pays tribute to an individual who uses their time, talent and compassion to positively affect the lives of others in their communities or in the workplace. Heath Cain, Lee County Health Department Director, was recognized as the recipient, who led the effort for pandemic response and guided our Lee County Health Heroes.


Next, the Chamber Ambassador of the Year was recognized. This honor celebrates an enthusiastic volunteer who donated their time to build member commitment and Chamber awareness, and was presented to David Morse of First Bank Insurance Services.


The Chamber Dedicated Service Award, which recognizes someone who has demonstrated exceptional support of the Chamber of Commerce, was presented to Brenda Clegg of Belflex Staffing Network.


The fifth and final award given was the Chamber Chairman’s Award, presented by current Chamber Chair Daniel Simmons, recognizes the individual who has been the most helpful during his tenure as Chairman. This award was presented to Kelly Hazen Klug of Central Carolina Community College. After Klug’s acceptance, Simmons then introduced the incoming Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chair Joe Clancy of Express Employment Professionals.


SAGA CEO Jimmy Randolph addressed the attendees, stating, “Much has been made of the unprecedented economic development success enjoyed by Sanford, Broadway and Lee County over the past two years. That amazing success can be attributed directly to the efforts of leaders and businesses like yours, united as members, investors and partners in the Chamber and the Sanford Area Growth Alliance.”


The event concluded with a performance from Chad Spivey of Harris & Company Insurance, singing lyrics crafted by SAGA Board of Directors member Kim Sutton to the tune of the Randy Travis classic, “Forever and Ever, Amen.” A portion of the song, reflecting on the events of the previous year, stated,


“We say Sanford Small Businesses rocked it

Made people see we were strong

Well, it’s been a tough road, but we made it

2020’s in the rear view- and now we’re movin’ along”