For the second straight year, the Paradise Chamber of Commerce named Deborah Mann Citizen of the Year during its fifth annual awards dinner Monday at the First Baptist Church of Paradise.
“This award goes to somebody who works so hard every single day to make our chamber and Paradise better,” said Dollie Moravitz, chamber president.
Mann serves as the chamber’s vice president and president of the Look Local Task Force. She is a member of the Area Business Women’s Network, Paradise Band Boosters, Bridgeport Women’s Club and the Bridgeport and Decatur chambers.
“It keeps me busy, busy, but it’s a lot of fun,” Mann said. “I enjoy every bit of it.”
Mann is also involved with the Paradise Historical Society, which was honored by the chamber Monday as the business of the year.
“The Society does so much for the community,” Mann said.
The group puts on the annual Main Street Festival, the proceeds of which go toward a scholarship and the maintenance and upkeep of the city’s Veteran’s Park.
The society is looking to start a Memorial Wall memorializing all Paradise residents “who perished in war,” Mann said. Members have also applied for a historical marker for Old Town Paradise.
“It’s a great organization,” Mann said.
The chamber also honored Paradise High School students Daniel Alexander and Deeann Walterscheid with citizenship awards.