The Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce held its 81st Annual Dinner and Ankeles Award Ceremony on Wednesday night at Spinelli's in Lynnfield.
State Senator-elect Joan Lovely served as the keynote speaker for the evening, and the chamber presented local business owner and City Councilor Tom Gould with the 2012 Harry Ankeles award.
Lovely, the former president of the Salem City Council, defeated Republican challenger Richard Jolitz, of Beverly, for the Second Essex Senate seat left vacant by Fred Berry, who is retiring when his current term expires after representing the district - which covers Salem, Beverly, Peabody, Danvers, and Topsfield - since 1983.
Gould was selected as the Ankeles Award recipient back in September, with chamber President and CEO Deanne Healey citing his work to start the Challenger baseball and basketball programs for special needs kids, as well as his donation of magazine subscriptions to needy students in Salem, and the monthly ice cream socials he sponsors for cancer patients and their families at Massachusetts General Hospital in Danvers.
The Ankeles Award is presented annually to a chamber member who "exemplifies the spirit of selfless dedication and leadership to the community."
(Photos by Tyler Healey)