This year there will be not five but seven recipients of the the Knox County Chamber of Commerce's annual “Five Under 40” awards.

This year's recipients are Kaitlyn Ashby, owner of Brush & Blush, 516 Main St., Bicknell Mayor Thomas Estabrook, Adam Thacker, chief operating officer at Good Samaritan Hospital, Jenny McNeece, assistant editor of The Sun-Commercial and editor of Life Along the Wabash, and the McCormick Brothers, all partners with Bestway Express — president and CEO Eli McCormick, director of maintenance Will McCormick, and director of human resources and safety Ry McCormick.

The eight will be recognized at a noon luncheon on Dec. 6 at The Vincennes Fortnightly Clubhouse, 421 N. Sixth St.

Five Under 40, sponsored by Old National Bank, is designed to recognize individuals under the age of 40 who have made significant impacts to our community, whether it’s through their business commitments, community activism or volunteer efforts with local non-profits.

“This is a great opportunity for us to recognize individuals who have helped make Knox County what it is today,” said chamber president Jamie Neal. “They are the ones to who have chosen to invest in Knox County by living and working here. They are all successful in their industries and are involved in our community.

“The chamber is extremely grateful to have [the recipients] in our community and honored to be able to recognize their efforts,” said Katie Kotter, chair of the chamber board of directors.

Former chamber president Marc McNeece conceived of the awards as a way to celebrate individuals under the age of 40 who had not just stayed in the community but had also made significant impacts on the Knox County community, whether through their business commitments, contributions to community activism or volunteer efforts.

The awards, he said, were a way to not just recognize what they had done but also to thank them for staying in Knox County.

Previous recipients include Jill Doggett of HartBell LLC and her husband, Kyle, a teacher at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Liz Romani of Valley Party Supply, Leah Richter of Pearl and Chrome Home Interiors, Dr. Elizabeth Miller of Elizabeth Miller Endodontics, and Debbie Dunn of GNC.

Tickets for the Dec. 6 luncheon are $15 per person.

For more information, contact the Knox County Chamber at 812-882-6440.

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