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Kathleen Hoffman wins Chamber of Commerce award

The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce has honored Kathleen Hoffman with the 2012 Laurie A. Wideman Enterprising Woman’s Award.

The award is named for the late Laurie Wideman, who served on the chamber’s board of directors and who died in 2010.

It goes to a female chamber member who has consistently demonstrated an independent, energetic spirit; has shown a readiness to act in business and in the community, who demonstrates great passion for improving the quality of life in our region and who leads with highest level of integrity and honesty.

Hoffman, an American Red Cross nurse for 30 years, began a new career with Mary Kay Cosmetics in 1995. She is now one of the direct-sales company’s independent sales directors, and serves on the chamber’s board of directors and chairs the Stafford Roundtable.

Hoffman is a former captain in the United States Army Reserve Nurse Corps, a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, and volunteers as a nurse at the Moss Free Clinic in Fredericksburg.

“Kathy embodies the spirit of the Laurie Wideman Award,” Fredericksburg Regional Chamber President Susan Spears said in a prepared statement. “She is a passionate advocate for business and for the community as a whole. When needs arise, Kathy Hoffman is always there, ready to go to work.”

Hoffman received the award at the Chamber Network of Enterprising Women’s luncheon on Tuesday at Stevenson Ridge. CNEW’s mission is to offer Chamber businesswomen the opportunity to network with other businesswomen, provide professional support, enhance business opportunities through educational programs, and support Chamber programs and services.