Greater New Britain Chamber presents awards Thursday

Published on Saturday, 11 November 2017 22:20
Written by Angie DeRosa

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN - Several area residents will be honored at Thursday’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 year’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.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Fran for many years through her work on the Board of Education,” said chamber President Timothy Stewart. “She exemplifies what it means to be a civic-minded leader in numerous ways through her actions.”

The Winged Victory Downtown Award will be presented to Vincent Placeres, owner and operator of Mofongo Restaurant at 260 Main St.

“This 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,” Stewart said.

The chamber’s annual Beehive Business and Industry Award will be presented to the Alvarium Beer Co..

“Three 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,” said Bill Carroll, the city’s director of economic development.

He added, “The 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.”

The chamber’s Nonprofit Organization of the Year is the Opportunities Industrialization Center of New Britain.

“Paulette 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,” Stewart said.

The Family Business Award will be given to the Kirejczyk family, who own and operate the EDRO Corp. in East Berlin.

“Their family-owned- and-operated business has stood the test of time and continues to thrive,” Christopher Edge, Berlin’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

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain on Saturday, 11 November 2017 22:20. Updated: Saturday, 11 November 2017 22:23.