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Thirteen businesses and organizations have been nominated for the 19th annual Prism Awards, a local initiative to honor excellence.

Unlike past years, this year’s nominees include mainly small businesses. They are: D.R. Ebel, Northwood; East Point Physical Therapy; Oregon; Homestead Variety, Oregon; Maumee Bay Obstetrics & Gynecology, Oregon; Simply Green Lawn Service, Oregon and Therapy Works, Oregon.

Also nominated are: The local franchise of Buffalo Wild Wings, a national chain restaurant with a location in Oregon, First Federal Bank, a financial institution owned by First Defiance Financial Corporation with local offices in Genoa and Oregon and Jeffers Crane of Oregon, a division of All Crane, one of the largest crane companies in North America.prismnominees2012KG

Non-profit organizations are: Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Oak Harbor; the East Toledo Family Center for its Financial Stability Collaborative Program; Miracle League of Northwest Ohio, Walbridge; and Serenity Farm Equestrian Center, Luckey.

Two firms previously won Prisms Awards. The East Toledo Family Center and D.R. Ebel won in 1995.

The awards are hosted by the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce. More than 100 businesses and organizations have won Prisms since 1994. Past recipients include BP-Husky Refining, Sunoco, ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, St. Charles Mercy Hospital and Guardian Industries.

Non-profit winners have included the East Toledo Club, Friends of Pearson Park, Food For Thought and the Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society.

This year’s judges are: Marty Sutter, president of GenoaBank; Richard Johnson, attorney at Eastman & Smith LTD.; Pat Slygh, owner of mr emblem; Tom Blaha, executive director of Wood County Economic Development Commission; Gary Thompson, vice President/director of Jobs Ohio and Bob Marquette, owner of Ram Extermination.

The nominees will be honored at a banquet to be held at Sunrise Park and Banquet Center Wed., March 7.  Chrys Peterson from WTOL News 11 will again be the Master of Ceremonies.

The program is open to all businesses located in an area encompassed by East Toledo on the west, Oregon on the north, Oak Harbor on the east and Gibsonburg on the south.

Tickets are $50 and a table of eight is $400. RSVP to Sarah Beavers at 419-693-5580.


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