Women honored at Chamber event in Windham

The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce celebrated the winners of its annual 2021 Hidden Jewel Awards.

Five women were honored at a Champagne Celebration Aug. 18 at Searles Castle in Windham. The event also featured area businesses displaying their products, service information and raffles.

The Hidden Jewel Awards were developed to honor, recognize, and celebrate the accomplishments of the women who work behind the scenes to make communities “sparkle” through their initiative, dedication, and involvement.

The Chamber honored the five women, with awards named after precious stones, who have contributed their time and talent towards improving one of the communities in its service area {span}— {/span}Atkinson, Hampstead, Pelham, Salem and Windham {span}—{/span} as well as an overall Mother of Pearl Award.

The 2021 Hidden Jewel Award winners are: Sapphire to Erin Daley, Salem; Ruby to Laurie Warnock, Hampstead; Emerald to Kay Galloway, Atkinson; Topaz to Kathy Scalia, Pelham; Mother of Pearl to Patti Drelick, Salem; Pink Diamond to Kristine Giarrusso, Windham.

Blackout a big success

Supporters of this year’s Project Blackout are touting the program’s success to provide support and awareness of pediatric cancer.

Founded in Windham, Project Blackout began on a mission to turn out the lights on pediatric cancer, uniting local schools and communities to help children battling cancer and their families.

Recently, Windham honored the 10th anniversary of the nonprofit with its annual Windham Blackout Cancer football game, with fans wearing shirts at the game in a show of unity.

“The town set new records with a sea of blackout shirts at the game in an incredible show of unity that sets a positive example for our youth, and the comradery, joy, kindness and generosity was felt across all schools, local businesses, town offices, and a series of games across all sports in addition to the football game during Windham Blackout Cancer Week,” Erica Camilo wrote in an email.

The effort continued as other sports teams wore eye black at games to continue to support the cause.

Windham schools collected small toys through the end of September to support hospitalized children. To learn more about Project Blackout, visit projectblackoutusa.org.

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