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Madison Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its Annual Gala Awards to recognize the contributions of chamber members. CONTRIBUTED

Nominations open for chamber’s Annual Gala Awards

MADISON – Each year at the Annual Membership Gala, Madison Chamber of Commerce devotes an evening to reflect on the dedication of chamber members. To recognize exemplary service, the chamber is accepting nominations for several Annual Gala Awards.

Chamber staff will announce award winners at the gala on Sept. 13 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at The Jackson Center, 6001 Moquin Drive in Huntsville.

“Every year, we dedicate a special evening to recognizing and appreciating the contributions and successes of our esteemed members. Our Annual Membership Gala will publicly present honors to individuals in several diverse categories,” Chamber President Michelle Epling said.

“We’re excited to share that you can now nominate members for several awards. Do you know an outstanding member of your team or the Madison community?” Epling said.

To nominate a member, visit cognitoforms.com/madisonchamberofcommerce/annualgalaawardsnominationform.

Several different categories are open for nominations:

* Excellence in Public Service Award — Recognizes an individual for their outstanding contribution to the community through motivation, involvement or service. This person is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Madison citizens.

* Young Professional of the Year Award — Honors an individual who is 40 years old or younger who has distinguished themselves as a leader in their profession and in the community.

* Businessperson of the Year Award — Acknowledges two individuals who clearly demonstrate dedication to the business community in Madison through initiative, innovation and civic responsiveness. One award will go to an individual from a company with 15 or fewer employees. The other award will identify an individual from a company with more than 15 employees.

* Madison Chamber Citizen of the Year Award — Designed to honor a person who supports the Madison community through outstanding service, along with participation in educational, civic, charitable or business activities . . . over and above normal work assignments.

* Madison Chamber Freedom Award — Reserved for a military veteran. The award will recognize this person for contributions to U.S. Armed Forces and American freedom. Note: This award is not presented every year.

* Creator of the Year Award – Goes to a visual artist, musician or content creator who produces unique content that wins the hearts and minds of the audience. The work should shine a spotlight on the livelihood of the Madison community.

* Ambassador of the Year Award – Identifies a person who represents Madison Chamber of Commerce in an outstanding and productive manner to residents and chamber contacts.

“The Annual Membership Gala lets attendees network and build lasting connections while enjoying a relaxing evening with cocktails, conversations and community,” Epling said. “We can’t wait to celebrate the many individuals who help make Madison a wonderful place to live, learn, work and play. Save the date!”

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