Awards distributed at 2019 Waukon Chamber of Commerce Banquet


Person of the Year - Karen Carlton ...

Business of the Year - Ness Pumping Service & Porta Potty Rentals ...

Person of the Year - Karen Carlton ...
Karen Carlton of Waukon is pictured above with her family displaying the award she received for being named Waukon’s 2019 Person of the Year at the Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet held Friday, February 22 at the Waukon Banquet Center. Pictured above, left to right, following the award presentation are: Standing in front - Karen’s grandchildren Genevieve, Grace and Ben Carlton. Back row - Karen’s daughter-in-law and son Christina and Matt Carlton holding their twin sons Luke and Isaiah, Karen Carlton and her son Andy Carlton. Nomination information for Karen Carlton centered around her volunteer efforts and service to the community through the organization and continued operation of the Waukon Community Meals program, a free dinner held the last Monday of each month at First Presbyterian Church in Waukon that feeds more than 300 people of all ages each time in an effort to address local hunger and community togetherness. From creating a network of churches, organizations and other community groups that prepare and serve the meals, to the purchasing of supplies at her own expense and even helping with clean-up afterwards, Carlton has been instrumental in the existence and success of the Waukon Community Meals Program. Her nomination read, “Her heartfelt vision and ongoing investment have made the Waukon Community Meals a nourishing, much-needed blessing in our community for the benefit and enjoyment of all.”

Business of the Year - Ness Pumping Service & Porta Potty Rentals ...
Ness Pumping Service & Porta Potty Rentals of Waukon was named 2019 Business of the Year at the Waukon Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet held Friday, February 22 at the Waukon Banquet Center. Nomination information for Ness Pumping Service & Porta Potty Rentals in its selection as this year's recipient of the award focused on its organization of an annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk that benefits the cancer fighting efforts of the mammography department at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, along with the volunteering of its services to many local health-related benefit events. The family-owned business also received praise in its nomination information for taking charge when Waukon and the surrounding community was impacted by flooding so severely in 2013 and several times since to lesser degrees, pumping flood water out of basements and downtown business areas to help keep them operational. Pictured in the photo below displaying the 2019 Business of the Year award are, left to right, Chad and Diana Ness, their grandson Liam Ness, their daughter Leslie Ness, their son and daughter-in-law Colin and Kayla Ness holding Clayton Ness, and their sons Carter and Evan Ness. Standard photos by Joe Moses.

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