U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, will be given the Maine State Chamber of Commerce’s highest award at the group’s annual meeting and dinner later this month at the Augusta Civic Center.

The chamber said in a news release Wednesday that it would present Collins with its Alton “Chuck” Cianchette Business Hall of Fame award at the ceremony to be held Oct. 30. Nearly 500 people have registered to date, according to a Chamber spokeswoman.

The award aims to recognize the contributions of someone who demonstrates public service leadership, business success and the spirit of the award’s namesake through compassion, courage and commitment, according to the release.

“We could not be more pleased to present the Maine State Chamber’s highest award to Sen. Collins for her decades of leadership and service to the people of Maine, as well as Maine’s business community,” Maine State Chamber of Commerce President Dana Connors said in the release.

Collins was first elected in 1996 and is serving her fourth term in the U.S. Senate.

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