Grimes a great choice for Lighthouse Award

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce recently awarded its prestigious Lighthouse Award to Patti Grimes, the executive director of the Carl M. Freeman and Joshua M. Freeman foundations, and we couldn’t think of a better recipient.

The award is basically a lifetime achievement commendation, according to Chamber Executive Director Carrie Subity.

“It’s voted on by the Chamber’s Board of Directors,” explained Subity. “And it’s presented to someone who has made a huge contribution of time, effort and resources to not only the Chamber but to our local business community.”

Along with her tireless efforts for charitable work in the community, that sums up Grimes perfectly. She is an active volunteer with various organizations, including the United Way of Delaware, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the YWCA, Adopt-A-Family and Adopt-A-School programs, and the Sussex Economic Development Action Committee. She was also only the second woman to receive the Lighthouse Award.

“I did not know that,” said Grimes. “That was really honoring, and that says a lot about the prestige of the award. Certainly, if I can provide mentoring for other woman who believe in our area ... I’d be happy to do that.”

While her resume is indeed impressive and deserving of the award, those of us who have been fortunate enough to work with Grimes in some capacity know that her contributions go past what you can read. She is tireless in her efforts and conscientious of how any actions impact the community as a whole. She is genuine, honest and sincere. And she deserved this award as much as anybody.

We commend the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for their wise choice this year.

“I think that it was a perfect time and she was a well-deserved recipient for the award this year,” said Subity.