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2010 ornament unveiled for centennial anniversary

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- Easter Seals of Southern Georgia unveiled its 2010 Christmas Ornament to the public Wednesday and, in keeping with tradition, the organization's pick for this year is a big part of Albany's history.

The 18th edition to Easter Seal's Christmas ornament collection depicts the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and was unveiled at the Chamber's Broad Avenue location.

"(The Chamber) is celebrating its 100th anniversary and we thought an ornament would be a perfect way to commemorate this occasion," said Rosalyn Kirk, developmental coordinator for the local Easter Seals chapter.

The two-dimensional ornament that is composed of 24 carat gold overlaid on a brass ornament depicts the front of the Chamber of Commerce building on West Broad Avenue.

Kirk said the highly detailed ornament was made by taking pictures of the Chamber of Commerce and having ChemArt, who manufacturers Easter Seals ornaments, design the finished product.

"It turned out great," said Rachelle Bitterman, director of communications for the chamber. "The chamber has been here for 100 years and while we haven't always been in this building, we are very proud to have the building and it's a great place."

According to chamber officials, since its creation in 1910 the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce has had numerous homes in Albany before moving to its present location.

City Commissioner Christopher Pike who was at the unveiling ceremony Wednesday said it was an honor to celebrate two great organizations who work hard for Albany and Dougherty County.

"The chamber has a beautiful building and because SPLOST passed they now can look forward to many new improvements," said the commissioner.

Kirk said only 1,000 of the Chamber of Commerce ornaments will be made and added that Easter Seals already has 50 pre-orders for the ornaments.

"We always try to choose something nostalgic and the chamber has been part of the community for years," she said.

The ornaments are available for $15 each and can be purchased from The Carriage Trade, Royal Connection, The Albany Welcome Center and from the Easter Seals website or at its offices at 1906 Palmyra Road.

Proceeds from the sale of the ornament go to fund Easter Seals programs in 39 counties that assist more than 3,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities.