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Chamber announces 2014 award winners

Four Perham residents have been named as winners of the 2014 Perham Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Awards, it was announced this week.

Cindy Olson has been named as Volunteer of the Year, Lisa Peterson has won the Hall of Fame Award, and Doug and Sue Huebsch have won the Leadership Award.

Awards will be presented at a special banquet ceremony at The Wild Oaks restaurant at the Perham golf course on Thursday, April 24. The public is invited to attend. Cost is $25 and includes a complete dinner.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Doors will be open for free admission after dinner for those unable to attend the meal.

For more information or to register, contact the chamber office at 346-7710.

Volunteer of the Year

Cindy Olson earned this award for her work with Perham’s Community Outreach Ministry, which she has coordinated for the past 13 years in conjunction with Calvary Lutheran Church.

The ministry is designed to help people in need by providing them with food, clothing, furniture, household items and other necessities at times of crisis.

The seed for the outreach program was planted years ago, when Olson was conducting home visits for children with special needs. On one of these visits, she met a family that owned virtually no furniture. Wanting to change this, she managed to scrounge some furniture up, and the ministry grew from there. 

The program is coordinated with area churches, social agencies, Rewind, Someplace Safe and other organizations. It has touched hundreds of families over the years.

Hall of Fame Award

This award is being presented to Lisa Peterson for her work with Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.  

The relay event was initiated in Perham many years ago by Peterson’s parents, Ron and Dee Anderson.   Later, Peterson stepped to the forefront and has chaired the Relay for Life event in recent years.

The local relay continues to be a robust and greatly successful event. The annual gathering honors cancer survivors and helps raise money for victims and cancer research.

Leadership Award

Doug and Sue Huebsch are being presented with this award for their involvement in several different ventures and organizations in the Perham area.

The couple has owned or co-owned New Life Farms for the last 12 years, The Wild Goose since 1997, and the Goose Gang since 2013. As such, both are highly involved in the business community.  

Additionally, both are involved in public service, with Sue a Perham-Dent Public School Board member for the past three years, and Doug a seven-year member of the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners.