SAM OLENS BUSINESS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
In 2011, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce named its annual community service award the “Sam Olens Business Community Service Award,” honoring Sam’s dedication to community and philanthropic service. Sam Olens has lived a life of community service beginning as a Cobb County commissioner. As Georgia’s 53rd attorney, Olens worked with the governor and legislature to strengthen the penalties for sex trafficking and protect the victims and led the effort to stem the epidemic of prescription drug abuse. In addition to serving on numerous boards and non-profit committees, in cooperation with the Georgia Food Bank Association and Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, Sam established the Georgia Legal Food Bank Competition in 2012. In those first five years, the equivalent of five million pounds of food was collected for Georgia’s youth.
Historically, presented by the Cobb Chamber and Georgia Trend magazine, the award recognizes deserving businesses for service to the community through support of not-for-profit organizations through gifts of time, money and charitable donations.
ELIGIBILITY AND NOMINATION CRITERIA
Any business located or doing business in Cobb County, large or small, that has given back to the Cobb community is eligible for nomination. Businesses nominated will then be asked to complete an application, and one small and one large company will be awarded.
Nominations for the 2018 Sam Olens Business Community Service Award are not yet being accepted.
2017 SAM OLENS BUSINESS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD WINNERS
Large Company Winner
JE Dunn Construction, nominated by The Orange Duffel Bag Initiative
JE Dunn Construction has supported more than 300 philanthropies in the last year. Mike Bartlett, executive vice president of the company’s Atlanta division, and his employees give their time and resources to community nonprofits like the Atlanta Area Boy Scouts, Kids to Leaders, American Diabetes & Heart Associations, Feed the Homeless, Ron Clark Academy, Chalker Elementary School and the Orange Duffel Bag Initiative.
Small Company Winner
Elder Law Firm, nominated by Kelly Wilson
Shelly Elder is a servant leader who gives of her time and resources to community nonprofit organizations that include Kennesaw Teen Center, Through Our Heart, Kennesaw Life Church, Linus Meals, 10 Women of Hope, Children’s Miracle Network and Special Olympics. With over 500 volunteer hours, the Elder Law Firm’s mission and impact promote social change and inspire charitable giving in our community.