NEW BRITAIN - Several area residents will be honored at Thursdayâ€™s 104th annual awards dinner of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce.
The dinner will be held from 5-8 p.m. at the Student Center on the campus of Central Connecticut State University.
This yearâ€™s recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award will be Frances Wolski, a lifelong New Britain resident whose involvement in local religious and civic institutions spans more than 50 years.
â€śI have had the pleasure of knowing Fran for many years through her work on the Board of Education,â€ť said chamber President Timothy Stewart. â€śShe exemplifies what it means to be a civic-minded leader in numerous ways through her actions.â€ť
The Winged Victory Downtown Award will be presented to Vincent Placeres, owner and operator of Mofongo Restaurant at 260 Main St.
â€śThis young entrepreneur has proven that in a very short time businesses can thrive in the downtown when they provide a comfortable environment and most importantly a great product for consumers to enjoy,â€ť Stewart said.
The chamberâ€™s annual Beehive Business and Industry Award will be presented to the Alvarium Beer Co..
â€śThree young, talented individuals have transformed the beer industry in central Connecticut by opening their facility in the heart of an industrial area in New Britain,â€ť said Bill Carroll, the cityâ€™s director of economic development.
He added, â€śThe partnerships they have made shows commitment and dedication to succeed in our community. Based on the support of their customers, the beer is pretty darn good as well.â€ť
The chamberâ€™s Nonprofit Organization of the Year is the Opportunities Industrialization Center of New Britain.
â€śPaulette Fox exemplifies what it means to be the face of your organization. Her tireless effort in providing opportunities for so many in this community needs to be recognized,â€ť Stewart said.
The Family Business Award will be given to the Kirejczyk family, who own and operate the EDRO Corp. in East Berlin.
â€śTheir family-owned- and-operated business has stood the test of time and continues to thrive,â€ť Christopher Edge, Berlinâ€™s economic development director, said.
Sponsorships and individual tickets are still available, with individual tickets priced at $125 per person.
Social hour begins at 5 p.m., with dinner and awards to follow.
For more information and reservations, contact Taylor Adametz or Nella Lastrina at the chamber at 860-229- 1665 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.