Doris Brown, Kent community leader, honored by chamber

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The Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and City of Kent have announced the winners of their respective annual Tree City Awards that will be given on Thursday at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center, 215 S. DePeyster St.

Doris Brown, a longtime Kent community leader, will be the recipient of the W.W. Reed Medal for Public Service, which is the Kent chamber's highest honor.

Brown, who is affiliated with Cutler Real Estate in Kent, has been a Realtor for nearly 50 years. She was the first woman to serve as president of the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a past president of the Portage County Association of Realtors.

The chamber's other awards include:

Immy Award -- Buffalo Wild Wings and County Fire Protection

Small Business Person of the Year -- David Sommers of David Sommers & Associates

President's Award -- Charles Thomas, Ray's Place

The City of Kent will present awards to Popped! popcorn shop, Smithers-Oasis Co. and the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center.

The event will include a silent auction and cocktails/appetizers starting at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., followed by the awards presentations at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $40. Reservations are due no later than Monday and can be made by calling the chamber office at 330-673-9855.

Immy awards are given to publicly recognize quality businesses and/or individuals in the greater Kent area in support of economic retention, reinvestment and new facilities development.

The Small Business Person of the Year is presented to the small business person that exemplified the best of Kent's small enterprises with fewer than 30 employees.

The W.W. Reed Kent Medal for Public Service is bestowed on individuals, institutions, or organizations whose community service has resulted in the advancement of the common good, promotion of public welfare, or stimulation of public service. It was renamed in honor of W.W. Reed, a Kent civic leader and longtime leader of the chamber of commerce, in 2010.

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