Chamber names Howard as Citizen of the Year

DULUTH -- Barbara Howard is the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year, leaders announced Friday.

The proprietor of Suzanna's Kitchen will be awarded the honor for her philanthropy as a supporter of the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation.

Howard was named the 2012 Philanthropist of the Year at the Chamber's Healthcare Excellence Awards earlier this month, but will accept the higher honor at the organization's "Annual Dinner," a black-tie-optional gala planned for Feb. 1.

At the Feb. 1 ceremony, the leaders will also honor a mayor, a judge and several others with Public Service Awards. The winners are Juvenile Court Judge Stephen Franzen, Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris, School Board Member Mary Kay Murphy, as well as Paige Havens, Joe McCart and David McCleskey.

The R. Wayne Shackelford Legacy Award will go to Barbara King of Primerica.

Two nonprofits will receive D. Scott Hudgens Humanitarian Awards: the Jackson Jinright Foundation and the Partnership Against Domestic Violence.

The annual event begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at the Gwinnett Center's ballroom in Duluth.

For information about attending or sponsoring the event, go to www.gwinnettannualdinner.com.


R 2 years, 9 months ago

Congratulations are in order for Barbara.

By chance, did the taxpayers in Gwinnett at least rate an honorable mention in the preliminary discussions / nominating process?


NewsReader 2 years, 9 months ago

If the Gwinnett Chamber said "We are going to disolve this inept organization that is fleecing the taxpayers", now that would be a news story!


WhirledPeas 2 years, 9 months ago

Chamber of Commerce, I want back the money that was taken from me under the threat of force by the Gwinnett County government and given to you by Wilbanks.


Mack711 2 years, 9 months ago

We should have no faith in the Chamber. After all they took taxpayer money and spent it on who knows what, maybe like dinnetrs and awards that to the common citizen does not amount to a hill of beans. Then when asked where that money went they can not say, but this article says a lot where some may have went. Actually this award should have went to every citizen who paid taxes in Gwinnett County.


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