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Bethlehem Chamber award winners announced

Whether it's for a lifelong devotion to the area, innovative business practices or dedicated community service, the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce has announced the local businesspeople that will be honored at its upcoming awards dinner.

The 25th annual Silver Awards Dinner will be held Thursday, Mach 25, at Normanside Country Club. There, Delmar Florist owner Barbara Ostroff and Glenmont Car Wash owner Dennis O'Shaughnessy, Sr. will be honored as Business Persons of the Year; Keith Bennett, owner of Security Supply Corp., will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; and Lois Vadney will be recognized with the Citizen of the Year Award.

At our annual dinner, we proudly recognize the people in our community who go above and beyond what is expected, said Chamber President Marty DeLaney, who is also celebrating her 25th year in her post, in a statement. "They are people who don't want or expect recognition. They know that donating time and expertise is part of being a good neighbor, friend and business person."

Additional awards will be given during the event. The chamber recognizes commitment and service to the business community and community as a whole.

O'Shaughnessy, who has owned and operated Glenmont Car Wash for the past 36 years, said he makes giving something back to his customers a top priority.

"It took me a few years to realize that you've got to give back, and giving back to your community is very important," he said.

His business is known amongst the local sports community for participation in fundraising efforts. He gives car wash passes to local teams, who keep half the cost for themselves when they're sold. Those who buy the passes get their money's worth with a normal priced car wash.

Helping out sports teams is valuable to O'Shaughnessy because he will likely see some of the athletes again as employees.

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