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Local business operators humbled by chamber awards

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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 4:30 am

Ingrid Keifer and Bill French came away from the annual Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce banquet Jan. 25 humbled after receiving awards for their active support of the chamber and the community.

Keifer was presented with the Best Supporter of the Chamber award, which is given to those who consistently reach out to the chamber throughout the entire year.

“It’s an honor to be selected out of all those businesses,” she said. “It’s really awesome.”

Keifer is the public relations representative and Fort Hood liaison for Domino’s Pizza and has been a part of the local community for nearly 20 years. Keifer said one way she shows her support for the community is by hosting Soldier Appreciation Day at Domino’s in Copperas Cove.

This year, that event will take place April 27, when Domino’s will offer its menu items for free to those in the military.

Keifer also supports the chamber by sponsoring luncheons, giving away gift certificates each month, and volunteering her time to the organization.

“The chamber is close to my heart because I like those ladies. They do a lot for us,” she said. “When she (Betty Price) needed something, I made sure she had it.”

French, who owns Bill French Jewelers on U.S. Highway 190, was presented with the Small Business of the Year award. Chamber President Betty Price said French supports the chamber in several different ways, including giving away door prices for mixers and volunteering his time during local functions.

“It’s such an honor to be chosen amongst so many great small businesses that also do a lot for Copperas Cove,” French said at the banquet. “It’s easy to give and support the chamber because they are always there to support small business.”

Rick Kirkpatrick, chamber board chairman, also presented the Good Friend of the Chamber award to AT&T and Whataburger. The Large Business of the Year award went to HEB and Nicole Vess came away as the Ambassador of the Year.

“Those recipients are chosen from the past year’s Yes award winners,” Price said. “We chose Bill and Ingrid because they are always supportive and very active in our community.”

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