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Contact the Chamber office if you are interested in Sponsoring our Annual Awards Dinner at info@clchamber.com or 815-459-1300

Legacy of Leadership

An evening of celebration of the year's accomplishments and the presentation of awards to select members. 

Congratulations to the 2021 award winners!

2021 Robert O. Covey Award Winner

City of Crystal Lake

The City of Crystal Lake embodies the spirit of the Robert O. Covey Award this year for their outstanding efforts working with local businesses throughout the pandemic.  The City of Crystal Lake’s hard work helping to create new outdoor spaces for local restaurants, providing additional city grant funding and acquiring federal funds to assist local businesses through this difficult time and for promoting accommodations and providing guidance for local businesses so they could stay open or continue operating while the pandemic restrictions were in place, are just a few examples of how all departments of the City stepped up to help local businesses and residents.

2021 Carl E. Wehde Award Winner

Crystal Lake Park District

The Crystal Lake Park District embodies the spirit of the Carl E. Wehde Award this year for their outstanding efforts improving the quality of life in Crystal Lake over the past 100 years.  The Crystal Lake Park District’s hard work creating new outdoor spaces; building, and maintaining amenities that residents enjoy daily including walking paths, beach areas, ball parks, senior centers, racquet sports, and so much more; and for continuing to envision a Park District that certainly adds to the philosophy that “Crystal Lake is a Great Place to Work, Live and Play”.  For all of this, we thank you and recognize all the contributions your staff, leadership team and trustees give and do to make Crystal Lake a place to be proud of. 

Covid-19 Pandemic Partners of the Year

2021 Healthcare Partners of the Year Award Winners


Advocate Aurora Healthcare, Mercyhealth and Northwestern Medicine

Since March 10, 2020, the date of the first case of Covid-19 in McHenry County, we are going on almost 1 ½ years since Covid-19 first entered our lives. In McHenry County alone we have had 29,384 cases of Covid-19 and 299 deaths according to IDPH out of 385,084 residents. As Illinois and the country faced the unprecedented public health emergency brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, all three hospital systems we recognize here today, Advocate Aurora Health, Mercyhealth and Northwestern Medicine were confronted with an extraordinarily high demand for health care services and had to quickly implement actions to address the COVID-19 crisis.

Each of these healthcare systems offered Covid-19 testing, ICU and on-going critical care for Covid-19 cases, held virtual informational town halls, provided online resource centers, tele-health options, mask distribution, and continue to offer vaccine clinics. 

For all these reasons and for being there for all of us; We are both proud and grateful to present the Healthcare Partner of the Year Awards to Advocate Aurora Health, Mercyhealth, and Northwestern Medicine.  Thank you on behalf of all Crystal Lake and McHenry County area residents, for providing guidance and care for all of us throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. 

2021 Banking Partners of the Year Award Winners


Home State Bank, Crystal Lake Bank and Trust, American Community Bank, BMO Harris Bank, Blackhawk Bank, Cornerstone Bank and Trust and Prairie Community Bank. 

Each of the aforementioned banks, offered unprecedented service and access to bank resources and staff despite their offices and branches being closed to the public for much of the pandemic, they made wellness calls to customers, assisted both existing customers and non-customers with loans and provided access to other SBA programs, provided online resource centers, expanded online banking options, and so much more.  When Covid-19 showed up in Crystal Lake, bank staff quickly assumed emergency roles establishing and operating under new Covid-19 protocols for their bank locations.

For all these reasons and for being there for all of us; We are both proud and grateful to present the Banking Partner of the Year Awards to Home State Bank, Crystal Lake Bank and Trust, American Community Bank, BMO Harris Bank, Blackhawk Bank, Cornerstone Bank and Trust and Prairie Community Bank. Thank you on behalf of all Crystal Lake and McHenry County area residents, for providing guidance and care for all of us throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner


Bob Blazier - School District 47, Home State Bank, Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce

Presidential Awards of Excellence Award Winners


Pam Bialas - Crystal Lake Bank and Trust

Scott Block - McHenry County Mental Health Board

Tim Erwin - Crystal Lake AAMCO

Michelle Kidd - School District 155

Heather Maieritsch – City of Crystal Lake

The Carl E. Wehde Award

CARL E. WEHDE AWARD CRITERIA:

  • Individual person or group known to have made a verifiable contribution to the quality of life in the greater Crystal Lake area
  • He/she provided inspiration that will have also sparked other people to become intensely involved in efforts to assist the community.
  • He/she has been involved in establishing goals for community development seeing them through to fruition.
  • He/she should be involved more than one project area or organization showing leadership in education, community service/government or business for more than 3 years establishing a consistent pattern of public service.
  • He/she should be dedicated to the mission of improving opportunities for all people on going beyond that of just providing funds for programs.
  • Demonstrated active multi-dimensional interests that have challenged community leaders like Carl Wehde.

Previous Winners:

Bill Dwyer 2002

Ken Koehler 2003

Bob Blazier 2004

Mark Elmore 2005

Mike Tryon 2006

David Hubbard 2007

Kathi Etten 2008

Robert O. Covey 2009

Mike Splitt 2010

Ann Viger 2011

Patti Lutz 2012

Diana Kenney 2013

Aaron Shepley 2014

Rick Schildgen 2015

Peter Affrunti 2016

Bob Gray 2017

Ryan Farrell 2018

Crystal Lake Lions Club 2019

Crystal Lake Park District 2021

The Robert O. Covey Award

Robert O. Covey Business of the Year Award Criteria:

  • Must have exhibited business success in the Crystal Lake area
  • Involvement in the Chamber of Commerce or other business organizations
  • Must have some involvement in the local community either by service or support

Previous Winners:

Countryside Flower Shop 2004

Home State Bank 2005

Charles River Development Group 2006

Sherman Mechanical, Inc. 2007

Heisler’s Bootery 2008

Centegra Health System 2009

Dorion-Gray Retirement Planning 2010

Exemplar Financial Network 2011

Black Diamond Plumbing & Mechanical 2012

Curran Contracting, Inc. 2013

Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria & Pub 2014

STAR 105.5 FM 2015

INTREN 2016

Phoenix Woodworking Corp. 2017

Courtesy Buick GMC 2018

JA Frate Transportation Services, Inc. 2019

City of Crystal Lake 2021

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