Lake Champlain Bridge Community and Its Founders Receive Awards from Chambers of Commerce on Both Sides of Lake Champlain

Contributions Recognized by Ticonderoga Area and Addison County Chambers of Commerce

LC Bridge opensCrown Point, N.Y./Addison, Vt. – November 9, 2011 – The Lake Champlain Bridge Community (LCBC) and its co-founders, Lorraine Franklin and Karen Hennessy, have been recognized twice in recent months by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and the Addison County Chamber of Commerce.

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) held its 2011 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner & Awards Ceremony on October 26th at the Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn Suites. The Chamber gave out a variety of awards for Business of The Year, Chamber Volunteer of The Year, Community Volunteer of The Year, and TACC Appreciation Awards. All award recipients also received a citation from NYS Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward.

The Lake Champlain Bridge Community was the recipient of the 2011 TACC Appreciation Award. Matt Courtright, TACC executive director, said "LCBC has spent many hours dedicated to the North Country and, in particular, the communities the Chamber serves. Its efforts have not only assisted area businesses, but also community members as a whole. Without the constant voices of LCBC's co-founders Lorraine Franklin and Karen Hennessy standing up for all of us, many things would not be happening including a grand celebration in the works for the spring of 2012 to commemorate the opening of the new Champlain Bridge."

During its Annual Meeting on September 8th, the Addison County Chamber presented its Buster Brush Citizen of the Year Award which is given to an individual who has made numerous contributions to the community without the expectation of acknowledgement. This year Franklin and Hennessy were co-recipients of the award.

Vermont Representative Diane Lanpher said, "As co-founders of the Coalition, they demonstrated the necessary spirit to achieve success by using their tenacity to hold communities together. Without their efforts I believe area businesses and workers would have fractured into less than effective entities. They showed extraordinary leadership, refusing to settle for anything less than full unity. This unity comes in the form of a bridge. Their effort to reconnect their once separated communities has been relentless."

About the Lake Champlain Bridge Community

Members of the Lake Champlain Bridge Community include area residents, representatives from local business, historical sites, local governments, and chambers of commerce.