Awards ceremony honors businesses, exceptional people with disabilities

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The Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities – a program of ADRS – honored the success and contributions of individuals with disabilities in the workforce and recognized businesses that provide opportunities for successful employment for people with disabilities. The winners were recognized at a Dec. 1 ceremony/reception in the Old Archives Chamber of the Alabama State Capitol.

Gov. Robert Bentley was on hand to congratulate the award recipients, who were selected from among more than a dozen local winners.

The winners are:

Advocate: Thomas “Tripp” Curry

Collaboration: ADRS Marshall County Support Team

Educator of the Year: Tamara Butters

Large Business Employee: Ansley Dare Justice

Large Business Employer: Grand Hotel Point Clear Resort and Spa

Media: Gadsden Times

Partnership: Michelin North America

Public Service Award: Carl Flemons

Small Business Employee: Octavia Stevens

Small Business Employer: Foodland

Student: Jeffrey Hall

Youth Leadership Award: Amelia O’Hare

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