Chamber seeks Diamond Awards nominees

August 1, 2008

By Jim Feehan

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Alex Bell (right) and his mother, Jayne Bell, pose for a photo at last year’s Diamond Awards ceremony. Photo contributed

Alex Bell is a young man who doesn’t know when to quit, and that is very good for everyone whose life he touches. From building homes in Mexico to organizing a fundraiser for Ugandan children, Bell reaches beyond Newcastle to make a difference.

For his efforts, Bell, a senior-to-be at Liberty High School, was named last fall as one of the recipients of the Diamond Awards, a “special honor for ordinary people who do extraordinary things.”

Bell is an Eagle Scout and member of the National Honor Society. He is active in three sports at Liberty and still finds time to volunteer at church and work at a homeless shelter.

Sponsored by the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce since 2004, the Diamond Awards program recognizes ordinary citizens who demonstrate leadership and dedication to the community in five categories: courage, business, education, senior and youth.

“We know so many people are doing good things behind the scenes and we want to bring them forward and acknowledge those good deeds,” said Linda Stemler, president of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce.

Recipients of a Diamond Award are selected based on their contribution to the community. Recipients demonstrate dedication, integrity and caring with a passion for doing what needs to be done, Stemler said.

The Chamber of Commerce is asking Newcastle residents to be on the lookout for such worthy individuals, she said.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon Nov. 12 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

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