The Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce recognized some of its volunteers at its annual Volunteer Awards Luncheon at Guyan Golf and Country Club.
David Sheils, president of the St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation, was given the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award. Sheils has been an active member of the chamber for many years, serving as a member of its board of directors and as the 2011 chairman.
The chamber also recognized its top contributing businesses: Cabell Huntington Hospital, The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington Federal Savings Bank, Marshall University, Mountwest Community & Technical College, Natural Resource Partners, St. Mary's Medical Center and Steptoe & Johnson.
Additional awards were presented to recognize volunteers who have dedicated a large amount of time assisting the chamber with its projects, events and mission.
The Huntington Chamber Foundation Award was presented to David Graley of Cabell Huntington Hospital for leading a foundation committee and helping with a workshop to develop training for board members of local non-profit organizations.
Others honored were Michelle Anderson of Manpower; Jennifer Brooks of Paris Signs; Chris Bugher of Mountwest Community & Technical College; Bruce Churton, formerly of Marathon Petroleum; Sabrina Donahue-Moore of Little Caesars Pizza; Angela Jones of the Marshall Artists Series; Lisa LaFon of Alcon Research; Dennis Lee of Cabell Huntington Hospital; Larry McClung of Benefit Plans Services; and Charles Shumaker of Cabell Huntington Hospital, all Ambassador STAR awards.
Maribea Barnes of the Marshall University School of Art & Design and B.J. Wamsley, who just retired from the Huntington Police Department following 28 years of service, both won Downtown Live STAR awards.
The Downtown Live Committee aims to increase traffic downtown area through the support and creation of community events such as the annual Children's Art Festival and Huntington Christmas Parade.
The Women 2 Women Committee Award was given to Somerville & Co. for its sponsorship of the committee for professional women of the Tri-State that offers networking, mentoring and professional growth opportunities.
The Young Professionals Committee also honored a number of volunteers with Generation Huntington awards, including Christine Borders of Bulldog Creative Services; Josh Dorsey and Nicole Perrone-Dorsey, owners of Sip Wine Bar; Anna Lafferre of H.Q. Publishing Co.; Brian Sipe of the Big Sandy Superstore Arena; and Matt White of Matthew G. White Consulting.
Chesapeake Energy sponsored the Jan. 25 luncheon. Maribeth Anderson of Chesapeake Energy and Chamber President Mark Bugher were among the award presenters.