SOUTHINGTON - Local business owners and employees were honored Thursday at the Southington Chamber of Commerce’s 79th annual dinner at The Aqua Turf.
The local business community joined together in a night of camaraderie as they recognized their exemplary peers. In between dinner, drinks and the ceremonial proceedings, they were able to bid on a wide array of prizes submitted by town businesses.
Liz Hyatt, chamber executive director, welcomed guests and thanked sponsors.
“I’m proud to be part of this organization,” she said. “We have amazing influence and respect from professionals in the community. We are active and powerful, with 430 members committed to strengthening the businesses community. We place a high priority on providing opportunities for members to make connections that bloom into lasting partnerships.”
The Chamber Woman of the Year was awarded to Amanda Roberts, director of sales at Homewood Suites by Hilton. She is on the chamber board and co-chaired the annual dinner for the past two years.
Beautification awards were given by Councilor Dawn Miceli to All Dolled Up, Bradley Mountain Soaps, Chili’s, Ductworks HVAC Services, Ideal Tavern, Mount Southington Ski Area, Southington Community Cultural Arts and the local YMCA.
The Chairman’s Award was given to by outgoing chamber Chairman Dave Pestillo to attorney Matt O’Keefe.
The Executive Director Award went to John O’Donnell from Walgreens and Kim Selvaggi of LISA, Inc.
“You have me in tears,” said Selvaggi. “Never have we had the kind of reception we have from this community or the time, support and money. You are a community that truly cares about improving the human condition.”
The Ann Hauver Employee of the Year award was given by incoming Chamber Chair Kate Sirignano to Patty Gugliotti from Liberty Bank.
The Gail DePaolo Community Spirit Award was presented by Val DePaolo, daughter of the person the award was named after, to Delores Fanelli and Joanne Alfieri, who have worked with the Plantsville Village Association for the past 27 years providing community events.
The Riccio Brothers Business Person of the Year was presented by Town Council Chairman Mike Riccio to Julie Wallace from Bloom Yoga Fitness Studios.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.