Alan Bengry wins Northern Lights Award

Submitted by Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals

EVART —  For his leadership in the Evart community for decades, Alan Bengry was named the recipient of the Northern Lights Award for Business and Industry.

The Northern Lights awards are given by the Spectrum Health Foundation Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals each year to recognize the contributions of outstanding individuals, groups or programs making a difference in the region.

“These awards are meant to identify and promote authentic leadership in action, and Alan Bengry has been a tireless leader in Osceola County for more than 20 years,” said Sue Snavley, director of the foundation.

Alan Bengry serves as the chairman of the board for Evart Public Schools, the president of the Evart Downtown Development Authority board and also serves on the board of directors for Chemical Bank. In addition to his service on boards, Bengry also oversees the Evart Area Community Chest, which hosts fundraisers to support the Evart 4th of July fireworks, Christmas celebrations and many other events. The fund has raised nearly $20,000 each year.

The award selection committee consisted of Al Weinberg, of the Evart Downtown Development Authority; Chastity Eads, of the Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce; and Sue Snavley, of the Spectrum Health Foundation.