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Chamber Awards Are Presented at the Annual Business Celebration

Along with its Business Awards, the Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce presented its six annual Chamber Awards at Friday night’s 95th annual Business Celebration.

Edward Jones is a financial advisor. Colin FitzGerald, centre left, current chair of the Young Professionals of Murray Leadership Team presents CFSB Residential Loan Originator Sawyer Lawson with the Young Professional of the Year award.

HOPE Calloway Board Chair Jennifer Riley, centre left, and HOPE Calloway Executive Director Nathan Carter accept the Nonprofit of the Year award from Calloway County Independence Bank President Heidi Shultz, second from left, and her team members.

Paul Rister, centre right, chair of the Friends of the Arboretum Board, accepts the Agriculturist of the Year award on behalf of the organization from Bob Hargrove, president and CEO of presenting sponsor The Murray Bank.

Pharmacist Charlsie Williams, centre left, with Woman in Business of the Year award sponsor Walter’s Pharmacy, a division of Strawberry Hills Pharmacy, presents the award to FNB Bank President/CEO Sally Hopkins.


“After 95 years, we know exactly what happens when you bring the right people together,” Chamber President/CEO Michelle Bundren said in a video commemorating the chamber’s 95th anniversary.

“You leave a legacy that takes on a life of its own.” In a community built on education, business progression, and friendliness, the Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce has created a legacy that began when leaders rose up to build a community where people would want to live, work, and play.

A company can exist for 95 years. We know that building something that lasts is not by chance; it is the result of leadership. That is why the chamber has been and will continue to be a leader in our community.

“Being a member of the chamber means you’re never alone.” According to the Murray Ledger newspaper in 1945, “if the community continues to live in the same cooperative mood, each respecting his neighbour and working for the good of all, many more good things will come our way.”

Every business leaves its mark on our community for its unique contribution to making Murray-Calloway County what it is today, and we look forward to the businesses and people who will help shape our future.

The chamber is proud to have been a part of Murray for the past 95 years, and our commitment to collaboration and partnerships has always been and will continue to be critical to the future success of our business community.”

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Before the awards, Bundren announced the creation of the Murray-Calloway Works Foundation, which she described as “a new tool in our school box to better serve our community.”

“The foundation was formed to recruit, retain, and expand workforce development opportunities for local students,” Bundren explained.

“If we’ve heard anything from our chamber members, it’s the workforce challenges you face.” We want students to see a future in which they can stay in West Kentucky if they want, achieve their goals, and quickly become productive members of our local workforce.”

According to Bundren, the foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, so any funds donated to the foundation’s workforce initiatives will be tax-deductible.

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