The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce honored two women Dec. 4, one who brings new people into the community and one who greets them when they get here.
Haven Presley was named 2014 Business Person of the Year at the Chamber’s Holiday Gala at River Hills Country Club. Norma Wood received Citizen of the Year honors.
Presley moved to Lake Wylie more than 20 years ago to help open T-Bones on the Lake.
“It has drawn hundreds of thousands of people into Lake Wylie, helping to put this fast-growing area on the map,” said Debra Andres, who presented the award.
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T-Bones hosts community events, including the annual Lights on the Lake boat parade, Riversweep and charitable gatherings like the Lake Wylie Children’s Charity fall concert and Captain Clueless Race for the Cup.
“Many of her good works are done behind the scenes where she helps people with little or no fanfare,” Andres said. “Her dedication to the community has created more than a business, it has created a true family environment in Lake Wylie.”
Chamber president Susan Bromfield said the business award includes citizenship as well.
“The business person also has to be a good citizen,” Bromfield said. “That’s part of the deal. Business is more than just business, just counting money at the end of the day.”
Also honored for her commitment to the community was Wood, a long-time contributor to chamber and other groups.
“She is an ideal citizen and role model to others,” Andres said.
Wood began volunteering weekly at the chamber’s visitor center when it opened more than seven years ago.
“Her smiling face is the first thing visitors see when they enter the office, and she takes special care to meet the individual needs of each and every one,” Andres said.
She has volunteered more than two decades with the chamber’s annual Splash Dash 10K and 5K race and helps models prepare for the chamber’s annual spring fashion show. Wood volunteers at Sweet Repeat Thrift Store, and as a greeter for the Clover-Lake Wylie Republican Women’s Club’s annual house tour that raises money for local scholarships.
Wood gathers toiletries and personal items for disadvantaged girls, and makes specially-designed pillows for women after breast cancer surgery. Wood, a survivor, works with a breast cancer support group in Lake Wylie.