Dunkin’ Donuts is the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year. From left are Matthew Courtright, chamber executive director, Meaghan Kroner, Dunkin’ Donuts office manager, and Assemblyman Dan Stec.
The 2013 Business of Year in Ticonderoga has made some sweet contributions to the community.
Dunkin’ Donuts garnered the honor at the annual Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce volunteer appreciation dinner and awards ceremony recently.
“The 2013 Business of the Year award goes to a business that is a wonderful support of not only the chamber, but of the community as a whole,” Scarlette Merfeld, chamber second vice president, said making the presentation. “They donate and participate consistently with monetary donations, time and talent to chamber events, community events/fundraisers and charities. They have also hosted events for the chamber. The recipient of this year’s award is consistently there when needed with continued dedication to the chamber and the community.
“For your support of the community, the area and of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce we are pleased to present this award to Dunkin’ Donuts of Ticonderoga,” she said.
As Business of the Year Dunkin’ Donuts will receive a half page color ad in the Times of Ti
The chamber also honored its Chamber Volunteer of the Year and Community Volunteer of the Year.
Starr Pinkowski is the Chamber Volunteer of the Year.
“Chamber Volunteer of the Year is an individual that has been actively involved with the chamber, participates in and assists with functions and events, shows spirit, enthusiasm and energy,” Susan Rathbun, chamber first vice president, said in presenting the award. “The award recipient is always there when needed, specifically for chamber events and supporting the chamber staff. She never asks, wants or looks for recognition, which is a sign of a true volunteer. This person is often behind the scenes making sure things are running smoothly and is there for the chamber when needed.
“For her dedication to the chamber and the growth of the area we are honored to present this award to Starr Pinkowski of Glens Falls National Bank,” Rathbun said.
A number of businesses and individuals were recognized during the annual Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce volunteer appreciation dinner and awards ceremony recently.
The Community Volunteer of the Year is June Curtis.
“This award goes to a community member who has changed the community for the better,” Merfeld said in making the presentation. “This person does this by serving on committees, donating time and energy, and has worked effortlessly for the betterment of the community. This person works closely with the chamber, serves on the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum board, volunteers to serve the Ticonderoga Historical Society, The First 250 Years Committee, Cultural Arts Initiative, as well as for other organizations and businesses. She does this without seeking or wanting recognition.
“For her dedication to the community we are honored to present this award to June Curtis,” she said.
Special Recognition Awards went to Pam Nolan and Starr Pelerin.
“At this time we would like to give special recognition to two individuals who have served the chamber for many years on our board of directors and will be leaving the board in 2014,” Rathbun said. “Both of these individuals have seen the chamber through difficult times, changes in leadership and now have guided the chamber in a new direction with continued growth to better serve the business community and Ticonderoga area as a whole. For your continued dedication and countless hours of work as well as your guidance to bring the chamber into a new chapter, with a bright future. We would like to recognize our outgoing TACC Board President Pam Nolan and our outgoing TACC Treasurer Starr Pelerin.”
The chamber also presented appreciation awards to Ticonderoga Elks Lodge #1494, Eddie’s Restaurant, Mike Forand, Kiwanis Club of Ticonderoga and its Back Pack Program, Patrick Ida CPA, Sue Lidell, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, Jim Major, Meg Parker of Essex County Public Health Creating Healthy Places and Inter-Lakes Health.
“The volunteer appreciation dinner and awards ceremony give the chamber and Ticonderoga area community members a chance to honor and thank all those who give of themselves for the betterment of the Ticonderoga area,” Matthew Courtright, chamber executive director, said.
More than 125 people, including Assemblyman Dan Stec, attended the event. Stec gave citations to all the award recipients from the New York State Assembly.
“I would like thank all of you, the many volunteers, businesses and organizations that we are here tonight to celebrate and honor,” Courtright said in opening the event. “Without your continued dedication to the community we would not be serving the area and all we do together would not be possible. We truly have an amazing group of dedicated businesses, volunteers and community members who work so diligently to serve the Ticonderoga area. Tonight we thank and honor all of you for not only your support of the chamber and the community, but all that you give of yourself for the betterment of the Ticonderoga area.”
Courtright also acknowledged the Knights of Columbus, host of the evening, and Theresa Abare for their assistance in arranging the program.
“Thank you to all of the amazing businesses, organizations and volunteers for all that you do for the Ticonderoga area,” Courtright said. “I am proud to be working with you to serve the Ticonderoga area. I want to extend a special thank you to all of the area businesses and organizations that donated the menu items for this evening to show their support and appreciation to the all of the areas volunteers. I would also like to thank Peggy Lamb, who volunteered to take all of the photographs at the event.”
Businesses and organizations donating to the annual dinner and ceremony include Best Western/Burgoyne Grill, Boyea’s Grocery & Deli, Burleigh’s Luncheonette, Christopher Chevrolet, Community Bank, Corner Market, Debrow’s On The Way Café, Times of Ti/Denton Publications, Dunkin Donuts of Ticonderoga, Eddie’s Restaurant, Emerald’s Restaurant, Glens Falls National Bank, Grover Hills Deli, Gunnison’s Lakeshore Orchard & Bakery, Happy Star Chinese Restaurant, Hot Biscuit Diner, House of Pizza, Inter-Lakes Health, Knights of Columbus, K& L Deli, Lakeway Ice Cream & Café, Libby’s Bakery Café, McDonald’s of Ticonderoga, Montcalm Manor, Rathbun Jewelers, Sentinel Grille, Silver Bay YMCA, Subway, Sugar Hill Manor Bed & Breakfast, The Lake Champlain Inn B&B, The Wind-Chill Factory, The Millers Antiques, The Pub, Ticonderoga Elks #1494/Peggy Lamb, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, Ti Pi Restaurant, Two Brothers Meat Market, Wagon Wheel Restaurant and Wal-Mart of Ticonderoga.