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Harris Prevost, vice president of Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, listens as
Dr. Carol Schaffer details his many accomplishments. Avery Chamber presented Prevost, a
longtime supporter of all things Avery County, with the first-ever Lifetime Achievement
Award during its Annual Dinner. See more photos on page 32. Photo by Sam Calhoun

Originally published: 2012-11-15 12:35:36
Last modified: 2012-11-15 12:35:36

Prevost, Decherd, Close, Mountain Electric, Freeman honored by Avery Chamber

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The strength, talent, outreach and compassion of the Avery County community was on full display on Nov. 8 during Avery County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner, where four residents and one business were honored with coveted annual awards. 

At the end of myriad kudos, Grandfather Mountain’s Harris Prevost came away with the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award, super-volunteer Bill Close was honored as 2012 Man of the Year, APPEL Director of Community Outreach Kay Decherd received the 2012 Woman of the Year award, Mountain Electric Cooperative garnered the 2012 Business of the Year award and Avery Chamber Executive Director Sue Freeman was recognized with a special award for her dedicated work in promoting Avery County. 

The Annual Dinner, held at Banner Elk Best Western’s The Inner Harbor Seafood Bar and Grill, featured a silent auction, a three-course dinner, a live auction, decorations care of local Choose-and-Cut farms, a PowerPoint presentation detailing the chamber’s accomplishments over the past year and live entertainment from Uphill Both Ways.