PLAINVILLE - The Plainville Chamber of Commerce honored its Employee of the Year, Distinguished Volunteer, and Business Recognition Award recipients at its Annual Meeting Tuesday at Nuchie’s.
Chamber members and town leaders gathered to celebrate the honorees and share in a night of camaraderie over dinner. Deacon Robert Berube of Our Lady of Mercy Parish led the guests in reciting a grace.
Jeff DiCosimo, president of the Plainville Chamber welcomed those who attended the dinner.
“Thank you for coming to our 109th annual banquet,” he said. “I’m glad to see a full room and I hope everyone has a good time tonight’”
He then introduced Antonella Calabrese, who announced that the Plainville Chamber was presenting a $250 check to the Plainville Food Pantry in honor of the late Betty Boukus.
“We are missing someone very dear to the chamber this year,” she said. “Every year she made a point to attend and present the awards to our deserving recipients. She always made jokes and commented on local businesses like saying that Gnazzos was the only place she got her Easter ham. Betty did it all; she was a loving family woman who loved the Plainville community.”
Stephanie Gibbons and Coral Garry-Lord were recipients of the Employee of the Year Award. Both are employees at Mastrianni & Segulic, Attorneys at Law.
Gibbons has worked as a paralegal for the firm since 2005. She assists the attorneys for all matters concerning the town of Plainville as well as will, probate, real estate, personal injury and collections. According to the event’s program book, she is considered the firm’s “Go to Girl.”
Garry-Lord has been employed at the firm as a paralegal since 1999. She had worked on a variety of cases and has an extensive background in real estate and family law and manages the firm’s family cases and administrative duties.
Leona Bison received the Distinguished Volunteer Award for her contributions to Our Lady of Mercy Parish.
The following was written of her in the event program:
“Leona is constantly on the go and every moment of the day is spent in service to others; some planned and some as the need is heard,” it read. “She never hesitates to lend a hand, provide a ride, offer a prayer, cook a meal and more.”
The program went on to describe her as “tremendously cheerful and a blessing to our Plainville Community.”
The Business Recognition Award went to the Wheeler Regional Family YMCA.
The local Y’s origins date back to 1912. The current building was constructed in 1964 and in 1977 it became the first branch to offer before and after school childcare programs. Today, the local Y services the communities of Avon, Bristol, Burlington, Farmington, Plainville and Plymouth. It provides community resources for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Later, Town Manager Robert E. Lee presented a proclamation honoring the award recipients. State and congressional citations were also read by Rep. Bill Petit.
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