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Photo provided to The Times Observer Piper VanOrd, second from left, has been selected to receive the Community Service Award from the Warren County Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She was nominated by Melinda Johnson, third from left. The award will be presented at the Chamber’s Gala Celebration of Excellence next month.

Piper VanOrd has been selected as the recipient of the Warren County Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s 2022 Community Service Award.

She will be officially recognized along with many local businesses at the Warren County Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Celebration of Excellence gala next month. The gala is scheduled for November 7 at the Woman’s Club.

Prizes will also be awarded in several other areas. Lander Hope Clinic, Lonnie’s Pizza, Rocket Detailing and Straight-off-the-Block will be recognized for excellence in new business, while Ekey’s Greenhouse and Warren General Hospital will be recognized for growth and expansion.

DewBot Properties, Midtown Motors and PA American Water are also set to receive awards for their community investment.

Milestone awards will include Mama Janes (one year), Cameron Energy (10 years), Senior Helpers (20 years), Kiwanis Club and Ruth M. Smith Center (100 years), Gaughn’s Drug Store (105 years), and the Rouse Estate ( 160 years).

But the headliner of the evening will be the Community Service Award.

VanOrd was nominated by Melinda Johnson, executive director of the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center.

“The two words that best describe Piper are ‘servant leadership,’ as one of her admirers wrote,” Johnson wrote in his nomination. “His tireless and selfless giving to Warren County and the beautiful outdoor spaces we call home is admirable.”

Johnson highlighted his tourism work, his interviews with the Warren County Historical Society, the development of the downtown Warren website, his publications and his efforts with the Allegheny River cleanup, among other volunteer efforts.

“Piper encourages local business growth and collaboration in downtown Warren, while being mindful of maintaining our natural beauty and green spaces,” Johnson added. “I heard firsthand from other tenants in the current building that Allegheny Outfitters occupies that without Piper’s hard work and determination, the building as we know it might not have come to fruition.”

Johnson also highlighted VanOrd’s recent humanitarian work with Ukrainians.

“As the date for her second trip to Ukraine approaches (LETTER OF OCTOBER 3), it is truly humbling to learn of the work she is putting into this effort to collect and deliver essential supplies, primarily medical, but also wheelchairs and nappies. “, Johnson wrote. “She is responsible for the official launch of a community center. Her work has benefited hundreds of women and children.

Five other people wrote letters supporting VanOrd’s nomination for the award.

“Piper’s hard work, positive energy and love for Warren and all the people of Warren County is what makes her a perfect candidate for this community service award,” said Holly LeMeur.

“Piper has been a leader for the development of Riverside Warren County, working and coordinating with local, regional and national leaders,” Douglas Hearn added. “Without Piper’s leadership, Warren County would have to work harder to achieve the greatness we are about to experience in our future.”

The Community Service Award was first presented to Judge Alexander Flick and has been awarded annually except for 1975 and 2020.

Recipients since 2010 include Pat Evans, John Hanna, Linda Keverline, Murray McComas, Bob Sokolski, Olivia Sechriest, Jean Walker, Dan Glotz, Lincoln Sokolski, Thad Turner, Ash Khare, and Gary and Penny Lester.



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