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October 19, 2016


Chamber committee presents Open Arms Award to ACES organization


Chamber committee presents Open Arms Award to ACES organizationThe Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce recently awarded Cowley College’s ACES (Academic Civic Engagement through Service) organization with the Open Arms Award.

The Open Arms Award is presented by the chamber of commerce’s Membership Services and Awards Committee. It is a quarterly award given to nonprofit organizations for their contributions to the Arkansas City community. The committee chooses the winner of the award for “exemplary achievement in community aid, advancement, development, expansion, involvement or other outstanding accomplishments.”

The quarterly recipients are eligible for the annual Open Arms of the Year Award, which is given at the chamber’s annual banquet.
ACES works with many different agencies within the community and focuses not only on the service being delivered, but also the learning taking place.

James Fry (pictured with award) serves as the coordinator for the ACES program.