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Triangle East Chamber Announces Legacy Awards Celebration

Award Recipients to Be Honored on June 14th, 2022
SMITHFIELD, NORTH CAROLINA, May 5, 2022— The Triangle East Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce their first annual Legacy Awards celebration, an evening dedicated to honoring leaders who are investing their time, talent, and resources to impact our community. Four distinguished awards will be presented: the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Citizen of the Year Award, the Jimmy Creech Small Businessperson of the Year Award, and the Emerging Leader Award.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a citizen who has consistently served the region over their lifetime. This year’s recipient, Jackie Lacy, has invested her time and talents through her roles in education, local government, and volunteering with children.

The Citizen of the Year Award is presented to a citizen who has served the region consistently over the last year with outstanding ability and dedication. The Triangle East 2021 Citizen of the Year, Bennie Cherry, has worked to better his community through serving with fire departments, food banks, and more.

Kimberly Wooten, owner of Selma Jewelry, is the Jimmy Creech Small Businessperson of the Year Award recipient for 2021. This honor is given in memory of 1976 Board Chair Jimmy Creech and is presented for success, longevity, and commitment to the community.

The inaugural Emerging Leader Award recognizes leaders under age 40 for their contributions to the betterment of the Triangle East community and impact on their business/organization. Nominees are: Derrick Applewhite, Jr., Lamar Armstrong III, Lynn Daniels, LaShunda Faison, Katherine “Kitty” Johnson, Chantilly Marie Lucas, April Holland Phillips, and Benton G. Sawrey. The Emerging Leader Award recipient will be recognized during the Legacy Awards presentation.

Registration is now open for the Triangle East Legacy Awards cocktail reception and dinner on Tuesday, June 14th, at the Farm at 95. Tickets may be purchased at by May 31st, 2022. Join the Chamber for an unforgettable night of recognizing those who are making a positive difference now to build a strong community for the generations to come.