9:46 PM EST, December 6, 2012
Ann Wagner, a partner at Ludwigs Jewelers in Chambersburg, was named the 2012 Business Person of the Year by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce at the chamber’s annual business breakfast on Thursday.
Wagner, who is a partner with her two sisters in the business at 121 S. Main St., was chosen because of her business and charitable contributions to the community.
“It really means a lot to receive an award like this,” Wagner said. “This goes to my whole family — my sisters, my nieces and the employees at the store.”
Wagner is a registered jeweler with the American Gem Society. She is a graduate of Penn State.
Wagner is a board member of Downtown Chambersburg Inc.
Wagner is one of 17 people to be inducted into the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame for longtime outstanding service to the organization.
Wagner serves as secretary and chairwoman of the Downtown Partnership Committee and is a member of the Crab Feast Committee. She also serves on the board of the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg, where she chairs the Old Market Day and Parade committees.
Wagner assists at downtown events such as Old Market Day and the Christmas parade and helps coordinate them.
“Downtown businesses don’t employ as many people (as some others), but they are absolutely vital to the economy,” said Suzanne Miller Trinh, chairwoman of the chamber’s board of directors. “She’s always looking for ways to help the community, and downtown in particular. Anytime you need help with anything downtown, Ann is always there.”
Wagner chairs the Capitol Theatre Foundation, is the creator and committee chair of the Pop A Cork for the Capitol fundraiser, which has raised more than $15,000 for the theater, and supports the theater in other ways. She recently offered community members the opportunity to take their silver and gold items to Ludwigs to have them converted to a tax-deductible cash donation to the theater.
Wagner also has served on the Council of the Arts board of directors and is active in her church.
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