ELMHURST – Recently retired community banker Charity Ahlgrim received the 2016 Chairman’s Award at the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s 98th Annual Awards Gala at The Drake Oak Brook Hotel in Oak Brook on Friday, January 27.
Traditionally, the annual award is given to a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors for his/her outstanding service to the Board, Chairman and President/CEO or to a non-Director for praiseworthy contributions or performance.
“Whether for our Chamber, the Spring Road Business Association, the York & Vallette Business Association before that or any number of civic, business and charitable causes, Charity always contributes above and beyond the call to duty,” stated John R. Quigley, Chamber President and CEO since 1999.
Outgoing ECCI Board Chair Tim Gurrie of Pampered Chef TLG was to present the award to Ahlgrim.
Ahlgrim retired as a Vice President and Business Development Officer for Community Bank of Elmhurst in September of 2016.
Ahlgrim was appointed to the Chamber’s Board of Directors in late 2015 after serving consecutive one-year Executive Committee terms as the appointed Treasurer (2014-15). In 2016, she served on the Executive Committee as Second Vice Chair, which included chairing the Membership Committee.
Previously, Ahlgrim served two terms as an elected Director after her 2006 Board appointment and also was a Board member back in the 1990s.
Ahlgrim was a longtime volunteer at the Chamber’s Steak Fry and Elmfest, both now defunct, and is a former member of the green-coated Chamber Ambassadors.
Ahlgrim was elected to serve as Treasurer for the City of Elmhurst from 2005-09.
Ahlgrim retired with more than 30 years of community-based banking experience in Elmhurst, including the last 11 years with Community Bank of Elmhurst.
During her decades in community banking, Ahlgrim was active in both the Spring Road and York & Vallette business associations.
Ahlgrim is among the Co-Founders of the Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade, along with realtor Frank Catalano Sr. and the late Doug Kuester of Great American Exteriors.
Also, Ahlgrim is a member of League of Women Voters of Elmhurst and a former Trustee for the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation.
A 24-year resident of Elmhurst, Ahlgrim is married to Scott Ahlgrim, Owner and Director of Ahlgrim Funeral Home on Spring Road.