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Chamber announces "Barrington's Stars"

BARRINGTON – The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce announced several award and scholarship recipients at its annual "Spotlight on Barrington's Stars" event held at the Inverness Country Club April 23.

Nearly 200 guests attended the featured fashion show and staff appreciation luncheon.

Lynda Berg of Morgan Stanley was honored with the Employee of the Year award, given to a highly motivated Chamber representative who has made significant contributions to his or her organization and demonstrates a positive influence in their workplace community.

According to co-workers, Berg, a 35-year Morgan Stanley employee, is known as a "superwoman who can handle every challenge with an amazing, positive attitude."

Other nominated individuals included Pat Moody of Douglas Automotive; Masumi Amin of Christina Currie Events; and Vicki Crandall and Audree Orna of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital.

JourneyCare was the recipient of the Community Partnership Award which honors a non-profit association that has distinguished itself in the community as an innovator committed to leadership resulting in the advance of a cause.  JourneyCare was recognized for its 30 years of providing compassion and care and never turning anyone away for inability to pay.

Since 1982, JourneyCare has provided pain and end-of-life management for men and women of all ages.  Last year, the staff cared for 330 hospice patients, 128 palliative patients, two pediatric patients and 274 grief patients.

Next, the Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarships were presented in honor of Lauren Brown, a young woman who worked for the Chamber for several years before dying of cancer in 2012 at the age of 29. This year's scholarship recipients were Jane Elder, Laynie Barringer and Samantha Rizzio.

Elder, a senior in the top ten percent of her class at Marian Central Catholic High School, is a member of the National Honor Society,  vice president of the French Honor Society, Associate Ambassador of the Model United National, and first violin in the school’s pit orchestra. She will attend the University of Notre Dame to study journalism. 

Barringer is a senior at Barrington High School, varsity captain of the school’s Lincoln Douglas Debate Team, captain of the Varsity Water Polo Team, and a member of the National Honor Society and of the Senior Acappella Choir. Barringer is also in the top ten percent of her class. She plans to study forensic psychology at Auburn University in Alabama.

Another Barrington High School senior, Samantha Rizzio, plays volleyball on the school team, and is involved in the "Here" Club as well as Barrington Committed, and has been on the school’s honor roll for four years. She will attend Azusa Pacific University in California to pursue a degree in early childhood education.

The Chamber was founded in 1969. Nearly 900 member businesses represent 18,500 individuals dedicated to the prosperity of the ten regional communities the Chamber serves – Barrington, Barrington Hills, Deer Park, Inverness, Lake Barrington, Long Grove, North Barrington, Port Barrington, South Barrington and Tower Lakes.

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