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2018-11-07 / Business

KeyBank, local public servant to receive chamber honors

KeyBank and local public servant Jean Harmon have been selected as the Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year, respectively, by the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas.

Both will receive awards during the chamber’s annual dinner, which will take place Thursday evening at the Events at the Wurlitzer in North Tonawanda.

According to the chamber, KeyBank, which has two branches each in the Town of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, was chosen for serving the chamber’s clients for more than 25 years and for supporting a variety of local charitable causes and organizations during that time.

Each year, the bank’s employees participate in “Neighbors Make the Difference Day,” volunteering their time at local organizations that have included Heritage Christian Home, the YWCA of the Tonawandas, the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum and Our Lady of Czestochowa Church. The bank also sponsors community activities, including the Canal Concert Series at Gateway Harbor Park, as well as the chamber and its mission of “creating economic growth and enhancing the quality of life for all.”

Harmon has been chosen for her public service to the community and roles on many local boards, which have led to awards and honors. Harmon has served as executive secretary and administrative assistant to mayors in the City of Tonawanda; as a legislative aide to former Erie County Legislator Michele Iannello; and as president of the YWCA of the Tonawandas from 1995 to 1999.

She is currently a member of the Community Science Resources Committee board of directors; the City of Tonawanda Housing Authority board of directors; the Tonawanda Main Street Historic Preservation and Design Committee; and is a member and vice chairwoman of the Ken-Ton YMCA’s board of managers.

She has also served as vice president of William G. Harmon

Plumbing and Heating.

For her efforts, Harmon has received honors, including a Woman of the Year award in 1991 from the Amherst Business and Professional Women’s Association, and a Volunteer of the Year award in 1999 from the YWCA of the Tonawandas.

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