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Monroeville business community ROCs out

| Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, 9:30 a.m.
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Audience participation is a big part of Craig Karges' show, and Sherri Cozza was among those enlisted to help the entertainer and professional speaker during his act. Cozza helped Karges make a table levitate during the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce's annual ROCs awards dinner, which was held at the Doubletree Hotel in Monroeville on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Times Express
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Dr. Charles Bostaph, Dean of the Boyce CCAC campus; Marshall Ellison, CCAC student coach; and Gary Nowading of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh socialize before the Monroeville ROCs awards dinner at the Doubletree Hotel in Monroeville on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Times Express
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Brian Estadt, news editor of the Monroeville Times Express, accepts a plaque in recognition of the newspaper's 50-plus years as a member of the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce. The presentation was made at the annual Monroeville ROC's Awards Dinner on Thursday night. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Times Express

Members of the Monroeville business community gathered to celebrate their own last week.

The Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce's annual ROCs awards dinner was held at the Doubletree Hotel in Monroeville Nov. 8. The ROCs — which stands for Recognizing individuals, Organizations and Companies that shine — featured mentalist Craig Karges and honored the work of members of the local business community.

Alice Rathjen, co-owner of Monster Mini Golf in Monroeville and BBQ Beach Hut in Murrysville, was named Chamber Member of the Year.

Donna Padezan of NPV Productions received the Wes Blaha Lifetime Achievement Award.

Real estate developer Craig Cozza was named Business Person of the Year. Also nominated for the award were Don Darragh of Energy Swing Windows and Walt Henry of The pt Group Physical Therapy.

Amy Simon of Visit Monroeville was named Young Business Leader of Year. Also nominated were Jason and Tara Saunders of Metal Photo Service and Maria Synan, communications marketing manager of Forbes Regional Hospital.

And UPMC East was recognized as the Redevelopment Project of the Year. The other nominees were Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza and Penn Center East.

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