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2017 Stars of the Town

| November 6, 2017

2017StarsLogo-WhiteBG-300The Canton Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Meeting and Stars of the Town 2017 celebration hosted by 41 Bridge Street in Collinsville, CT, on Friday, October 27th. Over one hundred members and guests attended the event to recognize three Chamber members for outstanding achievement. The evening began with cocktails and lively music performed by the Canton High School Jazz Quartet. The scrumptious buffet prepared by Chef Jimi Taylor and his staff was a colorful medley of seasonal and local foods. Following dinner, Chamber President Gary Roman, President/CEO of Collinsville Savings Society, reviewed the year’s events and set the stage for the highlight of the evening. Chamber members were awarded certificates for 5, 10, 15, and 25-year memberships. Topping the list were Harmon Travel and Utility Analysts with 15 years of membership and New England Appliance with 25 years. Business After Hours hosts and committee members received certificates of appreciation. 2017_Membership_Milestone_Awards

Photos of the event were taken by John Fitts of the Valley Press. Stars of the Town 2017 Photo Gallery

Favarh-Business-of-the-YearChamber President Gary Roman introduced Steve Morris, Executive Director, of the ARC of the Farmington Valley (Favarh), to receive the Canton Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award. Favarh was founded in 1958 by eight local families who all wanted a better life for their children with intellectual disabilities. Today, Favarh is a local chapter of the Arc, the world’s largest community based organization for people with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities. Favarh supports more than 350 children, young adults, adults, seniors and families throughout the Greater Farmington Valley area and beyond. More than 150 active volunteers work in the Thrift Shop, participate in Unified Sports Teams, participate in creative arts and unified activities, and participate in fund raising efforts. Over 285 employees make Favarh one of the largest private employers in Canton.

Service to Community AwardNext, Gary Roman called Brenda and Larry Sullivan to the podium to receive the Service to the Community Award. Gary introduced them as very accomplished and generous people, whose contributions to the towns in which they have businesses and live date back nearly 53 years to their marriage in 1964. Over the years, they have raised five children and now have eleven grandchildren. Larry and Brenda are rarely seen apart at events and charitable functions around the Farmington Valley.

Brenda has served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Patrick’s Church for over 30 years. The Canton Historical Museum October Fest and Gallery of Trees committees rely on Brenda for organization and support. Brenda’s other accomplishments include being a dialysis driver for the sick for 12 years, and a Den Mother for 7-8 years. Brenda is a fixture and contributor to the many Craft Fairs in the Farmington Valley.

Larry has been a Rotarian since 1985, including serving as President in 2005-2006, a Board member, and Golf Tournament Chairman. In 1993 Larry was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for spearheading Project Cold War which shipped used, but very reliable, medical and dental equipment, and three ambulances, which were refurbished at O’Neill’s in Avon. Larry has been involved in the Canton Chamber as a Board member and on the golf committee. Larry also participated in the “Wheels for Work” project which shipped 60 used vehicles to a rural area of Kentucky.

Service to Chamber AwardRobin DiNicola, Chamber Secretary and Chair of the Outreach Committee, presented the Henry Bahre Service to the Chamber Award was presented to Jill Brandon, who is the Chair of Gifts for Canton, and a member of the Outreach Committee. Jill is the Director, Wealth Management, at Robert Hensley & Associates. As a Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant, she has been involved in both the individual and corporate marketplaces for over 20 years. She loves working with individuals, families, and local businesses to coordinate and prioritize financial initiatives. Jill is also a “hockey Mom,” who devotes considerable time and energy to the sports activities of her three children along with Ken, her husband. Jill has been involved in the Gifts for Canton program for many years, but officially took over as Chair in 2016. She served as a Director of the Chamber in 2013-2015.

The evening concluded with music from the duo – On Call.

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