Jerry Chambers, 2018 MLK Freedom Medal Winner

Jerry Chambers

Gerard “Jerry” Chambers has spent over 50 years in Collingswood giving much of his time to municipal projects, business development, arts, and numerous volunteer efforts. He is currently the Director of the Collingswood Foundation for the Arts and the management arm for the Scottish Rite Auditorium, Grand Ballroom, and Hurley Mansion. When Collingswood was suffering from blight in the 1990’s, Jerry and other business owners joined forces with the local government to help turn Collingswood around –  the town now lives up to its tagline “It’s where you want to be.” Jerry has been the volunteer chairman of the May Fair for 38 years and also sits on the Board of the Collingswood Historic Commission and has been influential in redevelopment projects, smart growth, and the lumberyard development.  Jerry is no one to sit around and wait – he is a man with a vision and the fortitude to get things done and his passion for the town is contagious. Jerry comes from Collingswood.