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We are Lancaster! pride was prevalent at the annual Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s recent annual meeting.
The evening was a festive occasion, with the highlight, a source of pride in our community, the annual awards.
A host of honorees reflect the “we care” attitude in Lancaster County.
The Chamber’s coveted Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Tommy Cauthen, of Cauthen Motors.
Cauthen is a fixture at community events often working behind the scenes, but his tireless effort is to make the event a success.
He is known as a giving person who will donate his time and finances to a worthy cause.
If it is for the good of Lancaster, Tommy Cauthen will likely be involved.
Cauthen keeps busy with his volunteer work, large and small, but some notable events are the annual dinner for HOPE In Lancaster, the Big Thursday Scholarship with the University of South Carolina Lancaster and serving as a Lancaster Dixie Baseball sponsor.
When Cauthen received his award, as one would expect of the humble individual, he spoke of continuing to help in any way.
“If there is anything I can do for y’all, let me know,” Cauthen said.
The Small Business of the Year Award was presented to the Eye and Laser Center.
The practice – with four doctors – saw more than 13,000 patients last year.
Last fall, the practice earned national acclaim, earning a national business ethics award.
“We’re very grateful for this award, mainly because it comes from the community,” said Eye and Laser Center co-owner Dr. Kevin Nusz of the chamber honor.
Charles Bundy was the recipient of the Citizenship and Service Award.
Bundy has been a fixture in the success of Lancaster and Lancaster County.
He is a former chamber president and president of the Lancaster Breakfast Rotary Club.
Bundy was a founder of the Springs Close Foundation and was instrumental in the start of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, a beacon of higher education and community service in Lancaster for more than 50 years.
Bundy, a past chairman of the S.C. Parks, Recreation and Tourism Commission, is just one of a few people to receive the S.C. Tourism Award, as well as the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s top civilian honor.
“I’ve seen a lot of things happen, and it’s all been exciting,” said Bundy in receiving his award.
The S.C. Chamber also honored State Rep. Deborah Long (R-45) with its 2011 Business Advocate Award.
Long was honored as one of the 54 state legislators who scored 100 percent on the state chamber’s 2011 Legislate Scorecard.
Long and the other award-winning state legislators were hailed by the state chamber as “members of the General Assembly who are true friends of business.”
All of the winners were most deserving and we salute them for making Lancaster what it is – “proud and progressive.”