Chrys Peterson will once again emcee Prism Awards banquet
Thirteen businesses and organizations have been nominated for the 20th annual Prism Awards, a local initiative to honor excellence.
The firms range from the smallest, Ace’s Barber Shop in East Toledo which employs one, to BP-Husky, the Oregon refinery which employs more than 600.
The group will be honored at a banquet Wednesday, 6:00 pm at Sunrise Park & Banquet Center in Millbury. Chrys Peterson, news anchor for WTOL-Channel 11, will be the Master of Ceremonies.
The program, which is sponsored by the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce, 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.
Here are the nominees with a highlight from their applications:
Ace’s Barber Shop
Patti Jo Dickey has operated Ace’s since 1983, when it was located on Starr Ave. She stayed there until 2003 when she had both knees replaced and moved to her current location at 1326 Nevada. Prior to her physical limitations, she donated two hours a month to the Toledo Rescue Mission to cut hair for the less fortunate.
Last year was the best year for safety in the refinery’s 94 year history. The refinery is approaching 10 million hours without a lost-time injury, or more than two years.
The company has 600 employees and more than 600 contractors on site daily. One innovation management and employees have adopted is a near-miss strategy in which incidents that could have but did not happen are reported. These raise awareness of hazards and potential safety incidents so strategies can be implemented before an accident takes place.
In the area of environmental performance, BP-Husky has decreased criteria air emissions, as defined by the EPA, by more than 45 percent since 2000.
Cancer Connection of N.W. Ohio
Jean Schoen founded Cancer Connection out of a personal cancer experience. She saw a need to connect individuals with community resources to help cancer victims through their day to day journey. Services patients can access include a financial assistance fund, donated medical equipment, temporary housing, nutrition assessment and holistic therapies. Programs and services are free.
Cardinal Stritch STEMM Initiative
STEMM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine. It is an educational initiative designed to prepare students for careers in those rapidly growing fields. Not only does the rigorous curriculum prepare students, the school has forged partnerships with local businesses who supply speakers to engage students in these fields. These include BP-Husky, Mercy St. Charles Hospital, ProMedica, First Solar and the University of Toledo, among others.
This concentrated curriculum has led to the largest freshman class at Stritch in five years.
Future Wave Salon
Jodi Eckman and her 36 employees at Future Wave strive to set an example of environmental leadership in the world of beauty. The firm uses Aveda, flower and plant based beauty products. More than 90 percent of the essential oils and 89 percent of raw herbal ingredients are certified organic.
The salon takes their environmental mission a step further by getting involved in other earth friendly causes. They collect jeans for use in insulation and they collect funds for the Alliance for the Great Lakes.
Eckman is also a cosmetology instructor at Clay High School and the salon provides internships and, at times, job placement for students.
Holiday Inn Express
Holiday Inn Express is a non-smoking, 85-room “Green hotel.” The hotel employs energy saving and water saving measures as well as having a recycling program.
Holiday Inn is involved in the Oregon community. It has in the last few years donated some 250 rooms for stays for organizations and fundraisers.
There are 20 employees. To motivate them to provide great service there are “Caught being Good” and Caught being Great” programs in which employees can earn prizes for exceptional service.
Marsh Funeral Homes
In 1983, Dave Marsh purchased what would become the first of his three funeral homes in Luckey. He has since added locations in Pemberville and Woodville. There are three full-time and 17 part-time employees.
Marsh was recently named the exclusive Veterans and Family Memorial Care Provider in Wood and Sandusky counties. The designation is given to those who provide a high level of affordable, professional service to veterans. Veterans families receive a Custom flag case to preserve the burial flag and Marsh collects used cell phones for the Cell Phones for Soldiers program.
Marsh also has an 1884 horse-drawn hearse available for families who use the Pemberville chapel.
Oregon Health & Welfare
This effort, which was launched by a few teachers in the 1960s, involved more than 100 volunteers who collect and distribute Christmas food baskets for the less fortunate. In 2012, 259 families were served which included 137 children under the age of 12.
School children and teachers annually collect some 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of canned goods a year. Local businesses also contribute cash as well as food. The program serves Oregon, Harbor View, Curtice and Jerusalem Township.
Oregon Northwood Rotary
Chartered in 1987, the Oregon/Northwood Rotary Club has 20 members. This small group has been involved in a number of community programs since 2003. These include the club’s literacy project which has raised more than $7,000 to provide dictionaries to third graders. The club, through its annual golf outing, has raised funds to sponsor schools attending the Challenger Learning Center ($57,900) and Rotary International’s fight against polio and other international projects ($21,999) .
The club also hosts a Breakfast with Santa program for moderate-income families. Food, entertainment and a visit with Santa are provided and a bike is given away.
Penta’s ABLE Program
Penta Career Center’s Adult Basic Education Program started in the 1980s and served 200 students in eight locations. Last year, the program served 1,714 adults in 11 counties and 214 students received their GED.
Penta has a partnership with the University of Toledo to allow a graduating student to attend the university free for two semesters.
The program is the third largest in Ohio. The Ohio Board of Regents has rated Penta’s ABLE program between 98 to 100 percent during its annual review. The school has met every benchmark and educational functioning level for the past four years.
David Grosjean and Tracy Kamelesky opened Pet Finatics in 2009. Since then, inventory has doubled and employment has increased to six. Employees are trained to advise customers on the digestive habits of various breeds of dogs as well as providing advice on allergies and nutrition. Employees are also trained to advise prospective pet owners on the proper care for reptiles, fish or birds.
The Press began publishing as The Suburban Press in 1972. Circulation was 12,000. Today, the company publishes two newspapers with a circulation of nearly 34,000, a tourist guide and various magazines, directories and school newspapers. The Press covers 19 communities in four counties. The Press employs 15 and has an independent carrier force of 75.
The Press has won more than 70 first place awards for investigative reporting, government reporting and in-depth reporting from such professional organizations as the Ohio Society for Professional Journalists and the Ohio Newspaper Association.
Toledo School for the Arts
The Toledo School for the Arts current enrollment includes students from 32 different school districts, including 12 students from Oregon. TSA has been rated Excellent by the Ohio Department of Education on the last seven State Report Cards.
In addition to core subjects, TSA offers classes in music, dance, theater and the visual arts. There are “ARTnerships” with all of Toledo’s major cultural institutions to provide summer employment and opportunities for students to work with professional artists.
Crystal Bowersox, 2010 American Idol second place winner, attended the school.
Dr. Tia Tucker has join the Family Eyecare offices of Doctors Laub, Kegerize & Peiffer. Tucker grew up in Fremont and attended Lakota schools. She earned her Optometry degree from The Ohio State University and completed an Ocular Disease Residency at The Eye Center of Toledo.
She will see patients in the Oak Harbor and Genoa offices
The Oregon/Northwood Rotary will host its annual golf scramble Friday, June 21 at Chippewa Golf Club.
Sponsors and teams are sought for the Third Annual United Way Golf Invitational to be held Friday, May 3rd at Catawba Island Club. Contact MJ Siewert at 419-734-6645 or email
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