Annual awards presented by Affton Chamber of Commerce

The Affton Chamber of Commerce planned to present its annual awards Saturday at the Orlando Gardens Banquet Center — after the Mail Call went to press.

Chamber officials planned to honor Susan “Sue” Casaleggi as Business Person of the Year and Charles F. Redmond as Citizen of the Year. Also, Col. Jerry Lee, former St. Louis County chief of police, was selected as the recipient of the chamber’s Going the Extra Mile Award.

Casaleggi, co-owner with her husband, Mark, of ABC Animal & Insect Innovations, was recognized for her involvement with the chamber, the community and her church. She and her husband have two daughters, Maria and Anna.

She has served the Affton Chamber of Commerce as a board member since January 2005 and was president in 2008. Casaleggi is an active member of the Southgate Church in Crestwood. She is a leader of Women’s Ministry and also leads a home group.

Redmond was selected as Citizen of the Year in recognition of his involvement with the Bayless School District, the Boy Scouts of America, the Special School District and the YMCA.

He is a senior research and development scientist for research specialties at Sigma-Aldrich Corp.

Redmond and his wife, Debbie, are members of Zion Methodist Church, where he has served as a lay leader and on a variety of committees. He also is a member of the church choir. In 1988, he was honored by Zion Methodist as Man of the Year for his many contributions to the church community.

He served the Bayless Board of Education for 12 years and helped lead the district through a successful bond issue in 1997 and a tax levy in 2001. Redmond was on the initial Governing Council for the Special School District as the Bayless representative, serving more than eight years. He and his wife have four sons, Ed-ward, James, Robert and Daniel.

Lee was selected to receive the Going the Extra Mile Award in recognition of his contributions of a going the extra mile to provide services to the Affton community above the requirements of his job.

Lee, who served as county police chief from June 1, 2004, to July 1, 2009, participated in every Affton Days parade while chief. He made sure that the Affton Precinct had the manpower needed for the Affton Days parade each year and he participated in the chamber’s golf tournaments, so he was a familiar face in the community.

The chamber has two Commercial New Construction Award nominees:

• Mackenzie Crossing in the 8000 block of Mackenzie Road on the site of the old Heege School. This new strip shopping center, built by McLain Properties, features 13 units of roughly 1,320 square feet each. Four of the units are occupied and open for business.

• SSM St. Clare Health Center, 1015 Bowles Road, Fenton. This is the first new hospital built in St. Louis County in 35 years — it opened March 30.

In addition, St. Anthony Medical Center’s Ortho-Spine Unit, 10010 Kennerly Road, was nominated for the Commercial Renovation Award. This “horizontal hospital within a hospital” is on the third floor of the medical center and includes 62 all-private patient rooms. It is specifically designed to care for postoperative orthopedic patients.