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Rosie Awards honor those who make Wadsworth better

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    The Rosie Awards trophy pictured before the event begins Wednesday evening in Wadsworth. The annual event recognizes businesses and individuals that work to make the community a great place to live and work.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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    Kay Bowman receives the Key to the City from Wadsworth Mayor Robin Laubaugh, left, during the 2019 Rosie Awards at The Galaxy Restaurant and Banquet Center on Wednesday evening.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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    Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Janie Parish welcomes chamber members and guests during the 39th annual Rosie Awards on Wednesday evening.

    NATHAN HAVENNER / GAZETTE

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WADSWORTH — The individuals and businesses who continually strive to make the city of Wadsworth a great place to be were recognized during the 2019 Rosie Awards banquet at The Galaxy Restaurant and Banquet Center.

Hosted by the Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, the 39th installment of the annual event recognized individuals in eight categories.

“The nominees were chosen by you, the Wadsworth Chamber members and the votes have been tallied and the recipients will soon be announced,” Chamber Executive Director Janie Parish said during the ceremony’s opening remarks Wednesday evening.

While The Galaxy, 201 Park Center Drive, hosts numerous community events throughout the year, director David Cavalier stepped into the spotlight as he was announced the winner of the “Business Manager of the Year” award.

The Canton native thanked the community for the recognition and acknowledged his staff members for their hard work.

“They are hardworking and make us what we are, so I am going to say thank you to all them,” he said.

Cavalier said he has had a hand in putting on the monthly Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheons for

23 years, and has enjoyed seeing the organization grow through the years.

Another annual Rosie highlight is the presentation of the Key to the City by Mayor Robin Laubaugh.

Longtime community volunteer Kay Bowman was awarded the honor this year.

Laubaugh described Bowman as a kind and thoughtful individual who could be categorized as a “professional volunteer.”

“This individual does quite a bit behind the scenes, and volunteers for numerous organizations,” Laubaugh said. “These organizations provide a great deal of care for our community and contribute to the wonderful quality of life that we all enjoy.”

Laubaugh said she first worked with Bowman during the city’s 2014 bicentennial celebrations.

“She was very much involved the entire year of events, but particularly she was very involved with the bicentennial teas, as well as the bicentennial ball,” she added.

Organizations Bowman is involved with include the Wadsworth Lions Club, Buds and Blooms Garden Club, Salvation Army, Soprema Senior Center and Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce.

Bowman said it has been a joy to work with so many people in Wadsworth through the years.

“I just love Wadsworth, thank you all,” she said. “Get involved.”

Sandra Hinkle, executive director of Feeding Medina County, accepted the “Outstanding Nonprofit Organization of the Year Award” on behalf of the organization.

Other nominees included nonprofits Garage Ministry and Main Street Wadsworth.

Hinkle said that even though her organization is countywide, Feeding Medina County is invested in the Wadsworth community.

The awards, named after the special red editions of Blue Tip Matches that were manufactured in Wadsworth, were given to:

Business Employee of the Year:

  • Winner — Matt Addis, senior staff auditor, R.W. Corwin & Company;
  • Also nominated — Drew Bicksler, city dog catcher/ WCTV sports technician; Mindy Keller, admissions and marketing director, The Village at St. Edward at Wadsworth;

Business Manager of the Year:

  • Winner — David Cavalier, director, The Galaxy Restaurant;
  • Also nominated — Adrianne Krauss, executive director, Main Street Wadsworth; Allyson Zumack, manager and bartender, Wadsworth Brewing Company;

Business Entrepreneur(s) of the Year:

  • Winner — Joshua Baughman, Van’s Auto Service & Tire Pros;
  • Also nominated — Henry and Kathryn McDougal, Kathryn’s Craft Closet; Jenny Young, SHE Did It Videography;

Community Volunteer of the Year:

  • Winner — Brad Proudfoot, attorney, Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston Ltd.;
  • Also nominated — Cindy Farver, president, Wadsworth Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary; Mary Alice Mantz, operations director, Marion’s Closet;

Sustainable Business of the Year:

  • Winner — Alex McIlvaine, McIlvaine Dentistry;
  • Also nominated — Joe Pavlovicz, JTS Landscaping; Dr. Dane Arends, Wadsworth Veterinary Hospital;

Community Improvement of the Year:

  • Winner — Kristy Hayduk, State Farm Insurance;
  • Also nominated — Mike Kimmel, Kimmel Heating & Air Conditioning; Michael, Nancy and Brandon Marquard, M.C. Real Estate;

Outstanding Nonprofit Organization of the Year:

  • Winner — Feeding Medina County, Sandra Hinkle;
  • Also nominated — Garage Ministry, Laurie Beal; Main Street Wadsworth, Adrianne Krauss;

Outstanding Business of the Year:

  • Winner — Structure Personnel, Barb Truman;
  • Also nominated — Clampco Products, James and Linda Venner; Wadsworth Brewing Company, Ernie and Ericha Joy.
Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.
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