Smith named Steel Magnolia recipient


Amber Smith has been selected as the Columbus area’s Steel Magnolia Award honoree, the Middletown Community Foundation has announced.

The award honors women who have overcome obstacles to positively impact the community.

The program is administered by the Middletown Community Foundation and funded by The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation.

Smith was nominated by her manager, Craig Lyness, who says after Smith endured the sudden and unexpected death of her son, she managed to continue to work, raise children and help those in need in the community.

Smith also is an active volunteer in her community. Each year on Christmas, she volunteers her time to deliver meals to families in Jackson and Jennings counties.

She also volunteers her time to help young children in gymnastics and serves as a mentor and friend for adults and teenagers going through difficulties. Smith is selfless, and after the loss of her son, she donated his car to a young man in need.

She will receive $2,500 from The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation for her charity of choice, Blessing in a Backpack of Jackson County.

The Steel Magnolia Award honors women of all ages who face personal adversity and have shown exceptional strength, courage, compassion and leadership through their work in support of their communities.

Nominations by essay were solicited from the public in 15 communities where Cleveland-Cliffs operates a facility. Nominees were required to live near a Cleveland-Cliffs facility.

The company, which has manufactured electric resistant welded tubing since 1977, has a plant in Columbus.

Nominators and nominees did not have to be associated in any way with employees of Cleveland-Cliffs. Nomination forms for the 2021 Steel Magnolia Awards will be available this summer.

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