Tuscarora chamber presents awards

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The Rotary Club of Mercersburg was named Nonprofit of the Year. From left are Chris Ardinger of the chamber, Angie Heefner, Liza Main, David Moore, Linda Hargrove, Cherry Laye, Erich Hawbaker, Debbie Taylor, Karl Reisner and Bonnie Mellott Keefer.

MERCERSBURG, Pa. — The Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce recently honored the achievements of area people, businesses and organizations during its awards program at Whitetail Ski Resort.

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Romeo’s Café was honored as business of the year. From left are Chris Ardinger of the chamber, Maxwell McCullough, Lori Jo McCullough, Harry McCullough, state Sen. Judy Ward, Laura Theimer and Finn McCullough.

Marcy Hoffman was named Business Person of the Year.

To help present the award, the chamber’s executive director, Chris Ardinger, called to the podium Hoffman’s husband, Doug, and friend and community leader Gloria Pine.

Doug Hoffman was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017. He told the crowd of more than 175 people about his battle with cancer and the effort Marcy and her staff at Marcy’s Creative Touch put into the Cruisin’ for a Cure event, which raised more than $30,000 toward the recently formed Hospice of Franklin County. He described his wife as his rock and someone who works hard in her business.

“You can ride by our house and see the garage door go up at 6 a.m., and it goes down at 9 p.m.,” he said.

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Business Person of the Year (Left to Right): Chris Ardinger, Bonnie Mellott Keefer, Marcy Hoffman, Gloria Pine and Doug Hoffman.

Other award winners were:

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Volunteer of the Year Erin Berry Parker poses with with Chris Ardinger, executive director of the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce.

• Volunteer of the Year: Erin Berry Parker, whom Ardinger described as “a huge asset to the chamber.”

• Nonprofit of the Year: Rotary Club of Mercersburg, which is 90 years old and supports many community efforts, including Santa’s Toy Box, which provides toys and supplies to hundreds of children and needy families across the Tuscarora School District.

• Business of the Year: Romeo’s Café, a local haunt owned by Harry and Lori McCullough that participates in numerous community causes.