Lexington Chamber honors three local residents at annual awards breakfast
Three active members of the Lexington County community recently were honored for their volunteerism and contributions to local schools, the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce and Chamber members.
The Chamber held its annual awards breakfast on Tuesday, and announced Daisy Harman, Butch Hale and Ken Lake as this year’s winners.
“(They) stack up against the best of the best of the winners over the many years since our Chamber started recognizing the special individuals who truly make a difference in our community,” said Randy Halfacre, Chamber president and CEO. “On behalf of our Chamber membership, I want to thank them for their dedication and service to our great Lexington community.”
Harman, a funeral pre-planner and the manager of community relations for Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, was named winner of the A.L. Harman Award for above-and-beyond support of the Chamber. The award’s namesake, A.L. Harman, was a Gilbert superintendent and principal who served as Chamber director.
Chamber staff said Daisy Harman can be counted on for her “compassionate and caring demeanor, and her willingness to always put the needs of others before her own”. She has lived in Lexington since 1959.
The Chairman’s Award went to Hale, brands manager for US Foods. The honor goes to someone who goes out of his or her way to make the local community thrive.
Hale, a Brookland-Cayce High School graduate, has cooked for both the annual Chamber golf tournament and the Chamber’s December breakfast for numerous years. He also oversees the gathering of oysters for the Chamber’s annual oyster roast and has done so since the event’s inception.
Lake received the final award of the day, the H. Odelle Harman REACH (Recognizing Educational and Community Humanitarianism) Award. He is a 42-year veteran of education and spent 31 years at Lexington Technology Center.
The award is named for an influential Lexington School District One school superintendent and is given each year to a person who served the Chamber, the local educational system, and the community exceptionally.
Lake previously won the 2020 Vision Award by the S.C. State Department of Education and Lexington One Educational Foundation’s Joseph M. Bedenbaugh Administrator of the Year Award.