TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual volunteer appreciation dinner Oct. 28 at the Knights of Columbus.
"The volunteer appreciation dinner gave the TACC and community members a chance to honor and thank all those who give of themselves for the betterment of the community and the area," Matthew Courtright, TACC executive director, said.
Almost 100 people were in attendance.
"It was wonderful to see so many faces representing our many businesses, organizations, the community and the North Country," Courtright said.
All menu items were donated by area businesses and organizations.
"On behalf of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to not only our amazing area volunteers but to the many businesses and organizations who donated the menu items," Courtright said. "The event was a great success and I was honored to be a part of it. The chamber is here to serve its members and promote and work together with the area businesses as well as be one voice for the business people."
Courtright quoted Martin Luther King, Jr. during his director's speech saying, "Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
His speech thanked the many volunteers throughout the area for all that they do to make the community and the world a better place.
Awards were given out in appreciation and in honor of volunteering and community involvement.
In addition Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward was present and gave out citations to all of the award recipients.
TACC Appreciation Awards went to:
- Ticonderoga Central School, John McDonald, superintendent;
- Fourth of July Committee, Angela Brown, current chairwoman, and Dan Crossman, past chairman; and
- PRIDE of Ticonderoga, Sharon Reynolds.
John Bartlett was named Community Volunteer of The Year. Bartlett serves on the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partner ship and other committees.
Starr Pelerin of The Gunning Agency was named Chamber Volunteer of The Year.
The Wagon Wheel Restaurant, owned by Ray and Robbin Thatcher, was named Business of The Year.
"Without the dedication, drive, and true spirit of volunteerism of the many volunteers and especially those honored at the 2010 TACC volunteer appreciation dinner, this area, the community and the chamber would not be able to do all of the things they do," Courtright said.
"Within the area there are a wonderful group of dedicated community members," he added. "From the volunteers at the local emergency squads and fire departments who truly serve and are dedicated to all of us to the many businesses, committees, organizations, and individuals who work so diligently to provide opportunities, growth and events for the area."
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce represents more than 160 members. It cooperatively works with civic, social, cultural and educational organizations as well as local government to enhance living and working condition within the area.