The Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas has announced it Business, Citizen and Not-for-Profit of the Year awardees.
•Business of the Year: Rustic Buffalo Artisan Market
•Citizen of the Year: Carol Tallichet
•Not-for-Profit: Wheatfield Commons
Executive Director Sarah Nelson will honor the winners at the 84th Annual Installation of Officers. The dinner event will take place Nov. 17 at The Wurlitzer, 908 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda. For more information, call 716-692-5120 or contact Nelson at [email protected].
Rustic Buffalo Artisan Market was started and opened in November of 2020. It has three buildings that are part of its Rustic Buffalo campus, with over 120 award-winning curated artisans. There is also a café and a gourmet kitchen.
Tallichet is the owner and operator of Lumberjacks Patio and Grill. She donates to the Erie-Niagara Sunrise Exchange Club and its projects to prevent child abuse.
Nelson said, “She was extremely generous in the latest campaign to provide ‘Give a Kid a Hug to Hold’ pillows for abused children. In addition, she paid half the cost of printing thank you note pads and pens for Twin City Meals on Wheels’ volunteers and clients – a gift that was so appreciated. Cardinal O’Hara High School is the recipient of her generosity, as she donates the proceeds from the used bottles and cans at her restaurant. This summer’s collection has allowed the music department to purchase musical items not in the budget.”
Wheatfield Commons – A DePaul Senior Living Community is an assisted living facility. The private, not-for-profit organization, founded in 1958, is committed to providing quality services including assisted living services for seniors; residential and support services to persons with mental illness in recovery – some of whom have a history of homelessness; addiction prevention and support services; vocational programs; and affordable housing.
DePaul assists individuals in achieving their optimum level of independence and success in the environment of their choice, while remaining sensitive to assessed community needs and available resources.