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Photos: Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner

Posted by Ryan Mooney  November 30, 2012 12:52 PM

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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)

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From left to right: Deanne Healey, president and CEO of the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce; outgoing chairman Robert Dionne; Joan Lovely; Mayor Ted Bettencourt; Councilor-at-large Tom Gould.

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Martha Holden, chair of the community service committee, presents Tom Gould with the 2012 Harry Ankeles Community Service Award.

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Attendees were treated to a musical performance by Peabody High's Chorale Group and Full House A Capella.

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Mayor Ted Bettencourt presents outgoing chairman Robert Dionne with a citation of appreciation.

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