The Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas has announced its upcoming annual dinner and installation of officers. The dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at Rescue Fire Hall, 1241 Strad Ave., North Tonawanda. It will begin with a reception and hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m., catered by Jim Fingerlow of Just Say Cheesecake.
This year, Roberta (Bobbe) Seekins will be honored as Citizen of the Year. Seekins has served on the board and as treasurer of the Twin Cities Community Outreach for more than 10 years. She is well known in the community for her service to many local charitable organizations, such as Meals on Wheels, Clothes Closet, and the annual school supplies giveaway for those in need.
Platter's Chocolates has been selected as Business of the Year. Platter's has been a mainstay in Tonawanda since the Great Depression. The Urban family has continued the tradition of rich, creamy and quality milk chocolate at an affordable price since 1972. The family has generously contributed to local festivals and community events, fundraisers, and causes.
Linda Foels will also be recognized for her lifetime achievement. Through her work at the City of Tonawanda Recreation Department, Foels has dedicated her life to promoting healthy recreation for every age, including teenagers and seniors. Foels received the Niagara Frontier Recreation & Parks Society's John Silsby Award and was one of the first of Tonawanda News' "Women of the Year." She is the creator and current president of the Tonawandas Gateway Harbor Corporation.
Additionally, the Northtowns' Boys and Girls Club will be honored for its community service. The club has provided quality afterschool activities and hot meals for local area youth since 1939. Their attendance has grown to more than 4,000 youth at six locations.
Tickets are available for $35 from the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas at 716-692-5120. Attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item, which will be donated to Twin City Community Outreach.