The Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce recognized several people and businesses Wednesday during its annual membership appreciation luncheon at the Lebanon Golf and Country Club.
Board Chairman Chris Crowell acknowledged each member and individual who donated from $250-$25,000 to the chamber for renovation and maintenance costs at the chamber office on the Lebanon Square. In the chamber’s board room, each contributor’s name is engraved in stone on the back wall.
The chamber managed to pay off the building’s debt through the donations. Crowell and chamber executive director Sue Vanatta led the five top contributors, CedarStone Bank President Bob McDonald, Chris Rippy with First Tennessee Bank, John Bradshaw with First Freedom Bank, John McDearman with Wilson Bank and Trust and Michael Cherry with University Medical Center in a ceremonial burning of the note.
Local artist Phil Ponder joined chamber board members in unveiling a print of the Lebanon Square, which will be sold as a new fundraising effort.
Ponder’s prints feature drawings from local favorites to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Vanatta asked him a few years ago to create a print of the Square before she retired. “The lighting was just right, “Ponder said Wednesday as he described the day he started on the picture.
A signed Lebanon Square print may be bought at the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce office. For more information, call 615-444-5503.