Cleveland State Community First Award Winners Chosen

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Community First Awards Committee received over 50 nominations seeking to honor individuals across nine categories. Nominations were judged based on the nominees’ extraordinary commitment of time, talent or treasure to the community. There were a total of 11 winners for the individual categories.

We are thrilled to have another outstanding group of Community First Award honorees,” said Dr. Bill Seymour, CSCC president. “Each in their own special way exemplifies the value of always putting your community first. We look forward to honoring them at our Gala and identifying one as the Community First Person of the Year.”

The committee met recently following a review of all the nomination materials. They voted on their top candidates for each category, as well as the one person who will be identified as the Community First Person of the Year. T
he college will keep the name of this prestigious award, the Community First Person of the Year, a surprise until the night of the event, March 28.

The categories and winners are as follows: 

 ? Arts:

Dwight Richardson, Owner / Designer, Fenimore’s Floral Design Studio (Cleveland, TN)

? Business:

Ron Hammontree, Former Executive Director of Tellico Reservoir Development Agency (TRDA)
(Maryville, TN)

? Education:

Eric Weaver, Principal, Sweetwater, High School
(Vonore, TN)

? Healthcare:

Dr. James F. Ohlsson, DDS (Cleveland, TN)

? Non-Profit Leadership:

 Lynn Voelz, Executive Director of the Bradley Memorial Healthcare Foundation
(Cleveland, TN)

 ? Philanthropy:

Gary Fuller, Retired Partner and Director of Operations, Aloette Cosmetics of East Tennessee
Pat Fuller, Retired Owner and Operator of Orange Blossom Boutique, Retired Co-owner and President of franchise for Aloette Cosmetics of East Tennessee (Cleveland, TN)

? Public Service:            

Gary Farlow, President and CEO, Cleveland / Bradley Chamber of Commerce (Cleveland, TN)

? Student Leadership:

Amanda Forbes, Cleveland State Community College Student (Athens, TN)
Taylor Odum, Meigs County High School Student 
(Decatur, TN)

? Volunteer Service:

Ron Braam, Retired President / CEO, Synalloy Corp. (Cleveland, TN)

The Community First Awards Gala is sponsored by Southeast Bank and will be held on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the L. Quentin Lane Center. Dinner will be provided, and business attire is requested. 

To purchase a ticket or for information on corporate sponsorship, contact Cindy Dawson at (423) 614-8703 or visit the website at mycs.cc/communityfirstaward. All proceeds will go to support the Cleveland State Annual Fund. 


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