Annual Community Awards Gala & Auction

Nominations are being accepted for the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce's three annual awards by close of business Wednesday, February 15.

Awards will be presented Saturday, March 4 at the Annual Community Awards Gala & Auction in SIUE's Meridian Ballroom, themed "Make A Name For Your Business."


This annual gala truly is the highlight of the Ed/Glen Chamber’s year. It is an opportunity to celebrate the chamber's achievements, our vibrant business community, and present the Albert Cassens Award for Outstanding Community Achievement, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Tallerico Leadership Award. The Business of the Year Award is also presented.

Annual gala packets were mailed in January and included a letter from committee co-chairs Dave Toby & Marc Voegele, nomination forms for each of our annual awards, sponsorship information, and an auction item donation form.

The complete packet - which includes nomination, sponsorship and auction item forms - may be downloaded by CLICKING HERE. You may also download the invitation packet by CLICKING HERE.

Please consider nominating a deserving individual for one of these prestigious honors. It is important to note that the award criteria have been adjusted to support the Ed/Glen Chamber's guiding principles and honor an individual whose primary involvement is with a for-profit business enterprise.

The Albert Cassens Award for Outstanding Community Achievement was established by the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce in 1993 and is presented to an individual who has given freely of his or her time to the community, made a significant impact on the community during the 2013-2014 calendar years, has earned a reputation for his/her exemplary integrity, has demonstrated support for the guiding principles of chambers of commerce, and has demonstrated a personal commitment to social (which may include environmental) responsibility. Previous recipients include Albert Cassens, Mary Kane, Robert Wetzel, Robert Plummer, Robert McClellan, Jamie Henderson, Jeff Lantz, Joe Gugger, Dr. David Werner, Jean Hughes, Don Metzger, Dr. Dale Chapman, Dennis Terry, Tom Allen, Chuck Tosovsky, Mark Shashek, John Motley, Mark Mestemacher, Herman Shaw, SJ Morrison, Gordon Broom, Rod Vaught, Paul Millard, and 2016 awardee Dale Keller.

The Tallerico Leadership Award replaced the ATHENA Award in 2010. Rich Tallerico brought the ATHENA International Award to the Edwarsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce in 1986. The purpose of the Tallerico Leadership Award remains the same - to bring into focus the outstanding professional and business women within our community and to encourage the opening of leadership opportunities for women within the community’s workplaces. Previous local ATHENA/Tallerico Leadership Award recipients include Edna Wolfe, Delores Gooch, Nina Baird, Rosemary Bratten, Evelyn Bowles, Barbara Crowder, Stephanie Robbins, Jill Dufner, Sue Pedersen, Janet Foehrkolb, Evelyn Wiechman, Joan Foster, Meta Minton, Susan Donnelly, Bobby Ragan, Joyce Williams, Dr. Almeda Lahr-Well, Carol Wetzel, Suzanne Dietrich, Kay Werner, Donna Bardon, Barbara Jurgena-Stamer, Elizabeth Levy, Patricia Peverly, Joan O'Saben, Dr. Carol Keene, Teresa Katubig, Ann Tosovsky, Nancy Schneider, Patty Navin, and 2016 recipient Cindy Reinhardt.​

The Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2009 and is presented to an exceptional individual who has made a significant positive impact on the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon community through his or her past achievements over a long period of time and has enhanced the quality of life for Edwardsville/Glen Carbon residents. Recipients include Gary Coffey, Dr. Robert Koepke, Edward McCarthy, Robert Wetzel, Gary Niebur, Joe Glik, Gerry Schuetzenhofer., and 2016 honoree Robert Plummer.

Thank you for your assistance as we strive to honor those who make Edwardsville and Glen Carbon such great communities in which to live and work.

Chambers of commerce honor and respect capitalism and well-informed private sector job creators as a central and foundational element of regional and national prosperity. Chambers of commerce actively facilitate collaboration and open discussion between business and public officials through education, business advocacy and leadership.

The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven organization, dedicated to a strong, private sector regional economy.

Sponsorship Opportunities

This prestigious event offers members a variety of execllent opportunities to promote their business or organization with sponsorships and/or donations. Additional information may be found by CLICKING HERE or calling the Ed/Glen Chamber office at 618.656.7600.

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