Queen Anne’s Cham­ber hon­ors busi­ness lead­ers

Sunday Star - - BUSINESS - By KRIS­TIAN JAIME [email protected]­pub.com

CH­ESTER — The Queen Anne’s County Cham­ber of Com­merce held its Ex­cel­lence in Busi­ness awards din­ner Thurs­day, Nov. 15, at the Kent Is­land Yacht Club to honor those striv­ing to make the East­ern Shore an eco­nomic pow­er­house.

Win­ners for the evening in­cluded County Com­mis­sioner Jim Mo­ran and his com­pany In­crete, re­cip­i­ent of the Com­mu­nity Out­reach Award; Kristin Weed of the Kent Is­land Beach Clean Ups, En­vi­ron­men­tal Aware­ness Award; Steven and Tammy Holden of Smoke­house Grill, En­trepreneurs of the Year Award; Liz Draper, re­cip­i­ent of the Life­time Achieve­ment Award; and Tammy Harper of Kent­morr Restau­rant, the

2018 Busi­ness Leader of the Year.

“We also need to re­mem­ber a few very spe­cial peo­ple who were both lead­ers and friends of the Cham­ber of Com­merce we lost this past year,” said em­cee Eva Stoops, chair­man for the cham­ber this year. She noted the con­tri­bu­tions of Gail Ruppe, Fred Beane and Mary Lou Rosendale.

Un­like years past, where win­ners were no­ti­fied prior to the event, this year’s din­ner fea­tured a sur­prise for nom­i­nees as well as a speech by Dr. Cliff Cop­per­smith, pres­i­dent of Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege. Cop­per­smith dis­cussed the var­i­ous ini­tia­tives un­der­way at the col­lege to de­velop an am­ple and var­ied work­force.

Also on hand for the event were Del. Steve Arentz, R36-Queen Anne’s, and Kim Kra­tovil, rep­re­sent­ing Sen. Ben Cardin’s of­fice, to give the win­ners procla­ma­tions for their ef­forts.

Mo­ran and his com­pany were selected for what the cham­ber called a “com­mit­ment to Queen Anne’s County for many years.”

Or­ga­ni­za­tions such as Haven Min­istries, Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter, Queen Anne’s Drug Free Coali­tion, Kent Is­land Beach From left, Kim Kra­tovil from Sen. Ben Cardin’s of­fice and Del. Steve Arentz, R-36-Queen Anne’s, stand with Life­time Achieve­ment Award re­cip­i­ent Liz Draper and Cham­ber Chair­man Eva Stoops.

Clean Ups and Queen Anne’s County Goes Pur­ple are just some of the or­ga­ni­za­tions Mo­ran has sup­ported.

Weed, Kent Is­land Beach Clean Ups co-founder, was hon­ored for her work that started in fall 2012, when she con­ducted her first beach cleanup for the In­ter­na­tional Coastal Cleanup through the Ocean Con­ser­vancy.

Her ef­forts cur­rently in­clude fundrais­ing, re­cruit­ing vol­un­teers and ed­u­cat­ing the com­mu­nity. As an ex­am­ple of her work, in one day, 239 vol­un­teers picked up 30,622 items.

“It feels great to get this recog­ni­tion be­cause it’s not about me, but about the work that we’re do­ing. If we can change the habits of just one per­son, that makes me happy to know that we’re mak­ing an im­pact,” said Weed.

Steven and Tammy Holden of Smoke­house Grill were named En­trepreneurs of the Year for their busi­ness be­ing the orig­i­nal and only on­site cater­ing com­pany. They are in Stevensville, and serve the Delaware, Bal­ti­more, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and the sur­round­ing ar­eas.

They of­fer full-ser­vice cater­ing for var­i­ous events and rou­tinely have mul­ti­ple book­ings oc­cur­ring at the From left, Kim Kra­tovil from Se­na­tor Ben Cardin’s of­fice, Del. Steve Arentz, R-36-Queen Anne’s, and Tammy Harper dis­play her award for Busi­ness Leader of the Year and her procla­ma­tion.

same time.

The high­light of the evening came when Draper re­ceived the Life­time Achieve­ment Award. She has been a mem­ber of the Queen Anne’s County Cham­ber of Com­merce since 1989. The Draper Broth­ers fam­ily-owned and op­er­ated busi­ness orig­i­nally sold beer, wine, liquor and Drap­ers subs. The busi­ness was founded in July 1953 by her hus­band Jack and brother-in-law, Frank Draper.

Her long ten­ure in the county’s busi­ness com­mu­nity was ac­com­pa­nied by a num­ber of the po­si­tions on lo­cal boards, in­clud­ing St. Pauls Epis­co­pal

Church Vestry, Mary­land State Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, Queen Anne’s County Liquor Board, Mid Shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, Queen­stown Bank Board of Di­rec­tors and the Eas­ton Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal Board.

“Thanks go out to ev­ery­one for this, but this is not my award,” Draper said. “This is for all the peo­ple that have helped me in busi­ness and in all my (en­deav­ors). I’ve al­ways felt that as in­di­vid­u­als we owe rent for our world space, and pay­ment is made in vol­un­teered ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.”

Fi­nally, Harper gar­nered From left, Kim Kra­tovil from Sen. Ben Cardin’s of­fice, Del. Steve Arentz, R-36-Queen Anne’s, and County Com­mis­sioner Jim Mo­ran cel­e­brate his award and procla­ma­tion.

the Busi­ness Leader of the Year Award for her work with her hus­band, Dave, in run­ning a restau­rant with 130 staff mem­bers.

Her work with char­i­ties in­clude the Can­cer Com­fort An­gels, United Way, Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice, Bo­som Bud­dies, Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter,

Kent Is­land Fed­er­a­tion of Arts and the United Com­mu­ni­ties Fire Depart­ment where, over the past 20 years, she has do­nated over $70,000. It also in­cludes but is not lim­ited to QAC Goes Pur­ple, Kent Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, Ch­ester­wye and Wreaths Across Amer­ica.

PHO­TOS BY KRIS­TIAN JAIME

From left, Del. Steve Arentz, R-36-Queen Anne’s, Kristin Weed of the Kent Is­land Beach Clean Ups and Cham­ber of Com­merce Chair­man Eva Stoops with the state procla­ma­tion.

From left, Del. Steve Arentz, R-36-Queen Anne’s, stands with Tammy and Steve Holden of Smoke­house Grill with their award and procla­ma­tion.

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