Delayed a couple of months due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Andover Chamber of Commerce celebratory annual awards breakfast will recognize three health care workers for their extraordinary work responding to that crisis.
The three recipients of the 2021 Andover Chamber of Commerce Community Service award are “worthy citizens” who went “above and beyond the call of duty,” said Joe Bevilacqua, president & CEO of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce. The Andover Chamber is a division of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, the largest business network in the region covering communities from Lawrence to Newburyport.
The recipients are: Thomas Carbone, director of the public health for the town of Andover; Rita Casper, director of nursing for the Andover Schools, and Dr. Glenn Newsome, an Andover resident who works at Lawrence General Hospital.
The honorees are being recognized for the monumental work they have done in response to the virus, said Bevilacqua, whether working to keep the schools safe, educating the public about the virus and the precautions to take, enacting policies and procedures to keep the community healthy, or caring directly for patients.
Like all of the past honorees, Bevilacqua said, when told they were selected for the service award, the three nominees said they didn’t deserve it as much as someone else.
“I hear it over and over again,” he said. “It shows the type of people they are.”
Community members are nominated for the prestigious award and a committee receives the nominations before picking the winners. The ceremony is traditionally held in June but was delayed until the fall due to the virus, Bevilacqua said.
The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, Sept. 17 at the Indian Ridge Country Club, beginning at 7:30 a.m.