Six outstanding members of the Union community were honored for their service at the Union Area Chamber of Commerce’s 47th annual Distinguished Service Award banquet Saturday, Feb. 3.
In all, about 170 people attended the event at city hall.
“Since 1968, this event has showcased those dedicated to making Union a better place to live, work and raise a family,” said Joe Purschke of Purschke, White & Briegel LLC., who served as the emcee.
Though the event started in 1968, only 47 awards have been given out over the years, he explained
Purschke encouraged attendees to join fraternal organizations and clubs, sign up for boards and committees to do what they can to help the community.
Winners included Distinguished Service Award, Dr. Steve Weinhold; Outstanding Young Person, Tom Abbott; Outstanding Educator, Charles Gehlauf; The Shield Award for First Responders, Lt. Andrew Parker; Outstanding Student, Brittany Baker; and Golden Achievement Award, Joseph Pautler.
The Union High School jazz band performed before the event. Boy Scout Troop 465, along with Mayor Mike Livengood, presented the flags and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Members of the Union Lions Club served as bartenders.
Nominees were judged on several criteria, including personal achievements, social improvement to major contemporary problems, philanthropic contribution or voluntary service, politics or government service, scientific or technological contributions, cultural achievement, academic leadership or accomplishments, moral and religious leadership, any other important contributions to community, state or nation at the discretion of the judges and professional achievement.