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Highlands Chamber recognizes uutstanding community contributors

HIGHLANDS, N.C. – The Highlands Chamber of Commerce last night honored an individual, a group of volunteers  and a local business with distinguished awards during its Autumn Ovation event. Held at the new Highlands  Performing Arts Center (PAC), the annual event brings together Chamber members to network and celebrate the honorees. The awards included:

The Duke Power Award for Volunteer of the Year was presented to Cindy Trevathan. The award recognizes leadership, volunteer involvement, and community service. Trevathan has served as a board member for REACH of Macon County; an elder, handbell choir member and Vacation Bible School volunteer at First Presbyterian  Church; and a volunteer for Highlands Food Pantry and the Highlands Motoring Festival. Additionally, since 2015,  Trevathan has played various leadership volunteer roles with the PAC as it raised funds and constructed its new facility – a monumental community project.

The Robert B. Dupree Award for Outstanding Community Service was presented to the volunteers for Mountain Findings. The award is presented to an individual or a group who has a distinguished record of community service and represents the true spirit of selflessly giving to others. In operation for more than 50 years, Mountain Findings has supported more than 40 charitable organizations and scholarships, granting nearly $5 million in financial awards. A non-profit, resale thrift store, Mountain Findings is completely operated by volunteers.

The Del Roberts Award for Outstanding Business was presented to Dauntless Printing. The award was created in 2005 to honor a business’ unselfish contribution to Highlands. Russell Majors accepted the award on behalf of the company. Located in Highlands Plaza, Dauntless Printing serves an array of satisfied customers, helping them select the right printed product and service at a fair price, with timely delivery.

About the Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands, NC:
Formed in 1931 to serve as the voice of business, the Highlands Chamber of Commerce has grown to provide services and support to businesses, residents and visitors. Conveniently located on Main Street in the MarchantParker-Davis-Patterson House, its Highlands Welcome Center is open to all who visit, live and work in the community. The Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands, NC hosts an array of special events and programs throughout the year, including the Plateau Pick-Up, Leadership Highlands, Business After Hours, the Outdoor Concert Series, Meander in May, July 4th Fireworks, Christmas Parade, Snow Fest at 4118 and an array of  additional activities throughout the year.

For more information about the Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands, NC, go to or call 828-526-5841.

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