HAVERHILL — In partnership with Pentucket Bank, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will host its 97th Annual Meeting and Annual Dinner on June 20, at DiBurro’s Function Facilities in Ward Hill. The Annual Meeting is open to all active members and begins at 5:30 p.m., cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and program.
The Annual Dinner is the capstone event of the Chamber’s program year. This year, the Chamber’s dinner will encompass the “Boston Strong” theme. A portion of event proceeds will be made as a donation to the One Fund, a fundraiser organized to help victims in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. Keynote speaker, Dave McGillivray, is the owner of Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises, Inc., race director of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, world-class athlete and motivational speaker. This will be the first public speaking engagement held by the race director since the tragedy on April 13.
In addition to McGillivray, the Chamber will welcome Boston Police Department Superintendent Frank Mancini as well as many first responders who were present and actively participating in the crowds by providing first aid to the wounded. These responders will be honored during the Annual Dinner.
An annual tradition of highlighting the past year of achievements and preparing for the next program year, the passing of leadership and recognizing award winners are two additional highlights of the event. Two-term outgoing chairman John Chemaly, president of Trinity EMS, will pass the gavel to incoming chairwoman Clare Macoul of Bank of New England. Award winners Elaine Barker, owner of Paper Potpourri; Jean Poth, vice president at Northern Essex Community College; and Larry Olasky, volunteer for Haverhill’s Brightside and Team Haverhill, will be honored at the event.
Barker, a Haverhill resident and business owner, will be presented with The Charles E. Billups Award, an award presented to an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty in furtherance of the Chamber’s mission. The Jerry Loy Outstanding Director Award is awarded to an individual member of the Chamber Board of Directors whose support and involvement has been truly exceptional. Poth, a member of the Chamber’s board, executive committee and finance committee, participates as a fully committed board member, attending events, hosting meetings and as a sponsor.