Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn & Suites, represented by owners Mike and Jovana Stipo and Sales & Marketing Director Allison Kaupelis, was named 2011 Business of the Year at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner. From left are Matthew Courtright, chamber executive director, Kaupelis, Jovana Stipo, Mike Stipo and Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce thanked its volunteers and recognized its members during the annual chamber dinner.
Scott Hearburg, who led the campaign to construct a new playground at Ticonderoga Elementary School, was named 2011 Community Volunteer of the Year. He is the owner of McDonald's of Ticonderoga.
Lori Ross was named 2011 Chamber Volunteer of the Year.
Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn & Suites, represented by owners Mike and Jovana Stipo and Sales & Marketing Director Allison Kaupelis, was named 2011 Business of the Year.
“It was wonderful to see so many faces representing our many businesses, organizations, the community and the North Country,” Matthew Courtright, chamber executive director, said.
The event attracted more than 110 people. It was hosted by the Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn & Suites.
“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.”
All menu items were donated by area businesses and organizations.
“I would like to start by saying thank you,” Courtright said in his remarks at the ceremony. “Thank you to all of you, the many volunteers who we are here tonight celebrate and honor. Without your continued dedication to the community, the chamber, and the many organizations you represent as well as your passion for volunteering and serving others none of us would be doing what we do.
“Within the area we truly have a wonderful group of dedicated community members,” he said. “From our amazing volunteers at our local emergency squads and fire departments who truly serve and are dedicated to all of us. 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 went on to offer quotes on volunteerism and leadership. He offered:
“I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve,” said Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize Winner.
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart,” said Elizabeth Andrew.
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do,” said Edmund Evertt Hale
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward was the chamber’s special guest for the event. Sayward thanked the area’s volunteers for their dedication and continued efforts. She also highlighted the efforts and dedication of the Lake Champlain Bridge Coalition/Community during the last two years.
Pamela Nolan, chamber board president from the Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, and Susan Rathbun, chamber board first vice president from Rathbun Jewelers, assisted Courtright in presenting the awards.
TACC Appreciation Awards went to Tim and Carol Whitford, who have chaired the chamber’s car show the past 10 years; the Champlain Valley Classic Cruisers; the Lake Champlain Bridge Community; Helen Gibbs, retired director of the Tiny Tim Christmas Wish Program; David Carr, Elks National President; and Theresa Abare, volunteer appreciation dinner chairwoman.
Sayward presented each award recipient a citation from the New York State Assembly.
The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce staff, board, committee chairs and ambassadors were also recognized.
Businesses and organizations contributing to the annual dinner include the Best Western/Burgoyne Grill, Burleigh Luncheonette, Century 21 of The Adirondacks, Christopher Chevrolet, Community Bank, NA, Eddie’s Restaurant, Emerald’s Restaurant, Fort Ticonderoga/Log House Restaurant, Frenchman’s Restaurant, Gino’s Ti Pi Pizzeria & Restaurant, Glens Falls National Bank, Happy Star Chinese Restaurant, Hot Biscuit Diner, House of Pizza, Inter Lakes Health, Knights of Columbus, McDonald’s of Ticonderoga, Montcalm Manor, Rathbun Jewelers, Silver Bay YMCA, Subway of Ticonderoga, Sugar Hill Manor Bed & Breakfast, The Burleigh House Restaurant, The Lake Champlain Inn B&B, The Millers Antiques, The Wagon Wheel Restaurant, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, Two Brothers Meat Market and Wal-Mart of Ticonderoga.