The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce honored businesses and individuals at its annual Chamber Awards Gala on Friday at The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.
The evening is one of the highlights of the year, held to celebrate the business community and the citizens who help contribute to the success of the region.
The annual awards gala began with a cocktail hour and hors d'oeuvres, and then a sit-down dinner was served during and following the awards program. A silent auction took place throughout the evening, with $10,000 worth of donated items up for grabs.
Chamber President Jennifer Pauly served as mistress of ceremonies. Chamber employees Suzanne Raby and Christina Crane assisted in presenting awards.
A moment of silence was held for the late Sandy Tuck, who passed shortly her family business, Sanger Farms & Bakery, was named Youngstown Business of the Year. The audience gave her, and her family, a standing ovation.
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Chairman's Award: Niagara Falls National Heritage Area
River Region Partnership Award: Rainbow Air Inc.
Lewiston Business of the Year: Apple Granny Restaurant
Youngstown Business of
the Year: Sanger
Farms & Bakery
Ransomville Business of the Year: O'Connor Family Greenhouses & Garden Center
Sanborn Business of the Year: Willco Auto Care
Village of Lewiston Citizens of the Year: Arlene Sliz and Claudia Marasco
Youngstown Citizen of the Year: Paul Waterstrat
Town of Porter Citizens of the Year: Claudia Fleckenstein and Ellie Murphy
Town of Lewiston Citizen of the Year: Thomas Deal
The awards are given based on leadership, dedication and achievement in the community. The businesses award recipients are chosen by the Chamber of Commerce and business associations associated with the chamber, while the municipalities choose the citizen winners. Event organizers said the Chamber Awards Gala recognizes these businesses and citizens who help make this region a wonderful place to live and do business.
FACES IN THE CROWD
Photos by Joshua Maloni