Celebrating community

The local Chamber of Commerce on Thursday night honored Kelly Larson, Bill Redeker and the late Dr. Elizabeth Curtis for their community spirit, generosity of self and professional accomplishments.
Tribune Staff
May 2, 2014

Redeker was honored as this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The award was presented at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner by longtime friend, Cal Bosman. Bosman spoke about how the cornerstones of Redeker’s career have been improving our community’s quality of life through service, faith and professional achievements.

Redeker grew up in Grand Haven and eventually became a driving force at Redeker Ford. He continued the family legacy of quality service and products, and earned an impressive number of awards.

Always with a smile and a twinkle in his eye, Bill has served our community in many different capacities in many organizations. Among them were the Boy Scouts, the Tri-Cities YMCA and the Rotary.

Larson was honored as this year’s recipient of the Spirit of Community Award. The award was presented to Larson by fellow Rotarian and 2013 Spirit of Community award recipient Dr. Kennard Creason.

Larson moved to Northwest Ottawa County as a child and graduated from Spring Lake High School. While in high school, she began working at Temptations and convinced her parents to purchase the business in 1989.

Today, Larson is the owner of Temptations, Skoops, Front Porch and Sweet Temptations.  She has mentored more than 700 teens and young adults through her training and coaching in the ice cream business, and has led her team to achieving 10 Ice Cream Awards of Excellence since 2004.

Seven years ago, Larson started Cool Schools, a fundraising program at each of her locations that has returned $30,000 to 16 local schools. In 2013, always looking for ways to support both public and private education, she introduced Shop4Schools that gave businesses an opportunity to give a percentage of sales to a school designated by the customer. 

Larson has assisted with fundraising efforts including the Splash Pad and D’Vine Event.  She is a weekly contributor to Blessings in a Backpack, and regularly sends candy and fudge treats to Sister Theresa in New York and to the Love INC food pantries. She is in her second term on the Chamber Board of Directors and serves on its Executive Committee.

Ryan Goldman also announced at Thursday’s event a new award to posthumously honor a local dentist. The Dr. Elizabeth Curtis Young Professional Award will be presented for the first time at the chamber’s 2015 Annual Dinner. This award will recognize a young professional age 21-40 who embodies the business, community and volunteer philosophy of Curtis, who died in December 2013 at the age of 34. 

In 2012, when she was asked what it meant to be a good leader when interviewed for a Business Times “20 under 40 Business Leaders” edition, Curtis said, “I believe that a good business leader is someone who has a true passion for their work and lives each day with integrity, compassion and enthusiasm.”

During his introduction, Goldman said: “I am looking forward to celebrating the highest standards of young professionals in Northwest Ottawa County that are following in the footsteps of a woman that has left an amazing legacy in our community.”



Real estate maven

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