Newcastle Diamond Awards ceremony is Thursday

November 15, 2014

By Staff

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NEW — 4 p.m. Nov. 15, 2014

The Golf Club at Newcastle will literally roll out the red carpet for the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Diamond Awards Nov. 20.

This will be the second year the Diamond Awards ceremony takes place in the evening at the golf course. Based on last year’s event, the chamber board determined that it would continue with the evening time frame and format in 2014.

The Newcastle Diamond Awards is an annual ceremony that recognizes community members who do good things in the greater Newcastle area. The recipient of a Diamond Award is chosen based on his or her contribution to the community.

Winners and nominees demonstrate dedication, integrity and caring, with a passion for doing what needs to be done.

There are seven Diamond Award categories this year, and after receiving more than 40 nominees, the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Board whittled it down to just a few finalists in each category. Winners will be named Nov. 20:

  • David Harris will receive the Mayor’s Award.
  • The Dennis Yarnell Inspiration Award — Jaime Green (Coal Creek Family YMCA) and Vicki Heck (Newcastle Library)
  • The Business Award — Dolce Vita Salon and B&E Meats and Seafood
  • The Customer Service Award — Shawna McGovern (Regency Newcastle) and Coal Creek Family YMCA staff
  • The Community Leadership Award — Carol Simpson (Newcastle City Council) and Christina Corrales-Toy (Newcastle News)
  • The Education Award — Margaret Strong (Hazelwood Elementary School) and Jinjuan Jessie Wang (Newport Hills Kumon)
  • The Youth Award — David Vaisar and Mary Elworth
  • Learn more about the nominees on the chamber’s Facebook page here.

Tickets are $35 and are available online at The community celebration is not exclusive to chamber members or nominees. The first 50 attendees receive swag bags. Appetizers and a no-host bar will also be available.

The event goes from 6:30-9 p.m. at The Golf Club at Newcastle, 15500 Six Penny Lane.

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