Local businesses go ‘above and beyond’

LIMA — A night of honor is less than a month away, when the Lima/Allen Chamber of Commerce will host its annual gala awards.

One category of the seven award nominations is titled “Above and Beyond.” To qualify, the community leader or business must demonstrate “significant” contributions to the region, outstanding service to clients, support of employees and practices “excellence” and “integrity.”

The finalists for the award are Good Food Restaurants, Mental Health and Recovery Services and State Bank.

The founder of Good Food Restaurants is John Heaphy. Tammie Colon is the executive director of the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties. Andy Farley is the Lima regional executive and senior vice president of State Bank.

Good Food Restaurants has a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit focusing on serving the community. The organization began in 2014 and donates to other non-profits who give to local veterans, the homeless and those in crisis.

The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board provides funding for those in need of counseling. The board also helps to create strategies for local behavioral health needs.

The State Bank provides financial assistance to the region. The employees of State Bank also donate time to serve on local boards throughout the community.

The Above and Beyond category is sponsored by Tomorrow’s Technology Today.

The winner of the award will be announced at the gala. The event will be held from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at the UNOH Event Center, 1450 N. Cable Road. The theme of the gala is the “Great Gatsby.” For more information reach Julie Klingler at 419-222-6045 or visit www.limachamber.com.

Reach Precious Grundy at 567-242-0351.