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Business ‘GEM’ Awarded

Crystal Lake Chamber Foundation GEM Leadership (L-R): Elizabeth Wakeman, Cameron Hubbard, Michelle Kidd, 2014 GEM Bob Blazier, 2015 GEM Paula Dorion-Gray, 2016 GEM Richard Harms, Kathleen Caldwell, Mike Splitt, Victoria Summers, Jackie Ruiz, Michael Flood and Linda Barrett.

Local business leader honored at foundation luncheon.

Congrats to 2016 GEM Leadership honoree Richard Harms of Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery and Garden Center. He was awarded during the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 3rd annual “Be Brilliant” GEM Leadership Appreciation Luncheon for his longstanding legacy of quietly serving the Crystal Lake community.

“As a lifelong resident of McHenry County, Richard has always been active and involved in the community,” said Michael Splitt, the GEM Luncheon Committee Chair. “Richard embodies the ‘GEM’ theme of being ‘Generous, Enthusiastic and Motivated’ to make a difference.”

The mission of the foundation is to assist present and future business leaders by providing financial and educational resources to strengthen the area’s business community. To learn more, call 815.459.1300 or visit

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