Chamber event to honor local leaders

LAWRENCEVILLE — Retiring Georgia Power leader David Seago will be honored as the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year.

Officials are planning the 63rd annual Chamber Dinner event, where awards will be given to a handful of local leaders, including state Sen. Don Balfour and School Board Member Robert McClure.

Along with Balfour and McClure, public service awards will go to former state Rep. Melvin Everson, who was recently appointed work force development director for the state, Grayson Councilwoman Tammy Shumate, who is the head of corporate development at Brand Mortgage and Nancy A. Ward, the executive director of the Gwinnett Student Leadership Team with the local school system.

The Hudgens Award will go to the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, and the R. Wayne Shackelford Legacy Award will go to Forrest Adair, a founding member of the Evermore Community Improvement District who died late last year.

The dinner is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, and the Chamber of Commerce is seeking sponsors for the black-tie-optional event.

For tickets, which cost $150 per person, register at www.gwinnettannualdinner.com. For more information, call Rachel at 770-232-8816 or e-mail rachel@gwinnettchamber.org.