Stars of the Town 2019

| October 30, 2019

Stars2019-ThumbnailSkiSundown-SuperStarThe 5th Annual Stars of the Town was celebrated at Ski Sundown on Thursday, October 24th. Over 100 members and their guests enjoyed the festive ambience of the ski lodge and music by the Canton High School Jazz Combo performed by Aidan Bonnell on saxophone, Aidan Sleath on drums, Alex Lederman on trombone, and Mark Kneble on piano. Photographer Tom Kutz captured all the memorable moments of the evening. Twenty-three members supported the event through 5 SuperStar, 1 PlatinumStar, 2 GoldStar, 12 SilverStar, and 3 BronzeStar level sponsorships. Sponsor logos and links to their respective websites are displayed on the sidebar of the Canton Chamber website in recognition of their contribution.

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An excellent dinner catered by Chatterly’s Banquet Facility was enjoyed by all. During the brief business meeting, President Shawn Cole of Collinsville Yoga Center introduced Lou Daniels of Call a Doctor Plus, who was promptly elected as the Canton Chamber of Commerce President for 2020-22.

TKP_8673The awards portion of the evening commenced with President Shawn Cole presenting a donation to the Canton Parents for Music on behalf of the jazz combo. Nineteen member businesses were recognized with certificates for reaching 5 and 10-year membership milestones. Another fourteen member businesses reached 15, 20, 25 and 30-year milestones. Acrylic desk blocks were presented to Acura of Avon (30 years), Cherry Brook Health Care Center (25 years), Northwest Hills Dealerships (20 years), Harvey & Lewis Opticians (15 years), and Miller Properties of Canton (15 years).

RemedyOne-BusnYearRemedyOne was presented the 2019 Business of the Year Award. RemedyOne founder, Mark Waterbury, received the award. RemedyOne is a proud sponsor of Collinsville Hot and actively participates in festivities around the event.  Each year we tie our involvement to our charitable foundation – ScholarScripts – by raising money for our partner charity Cancer for College. RemedyOne has 10 employees in the Collinsville offices with an additional 25 employees working remotely.

JosFamily-SvcCommThe Joseph Family and ShopRite of Canton was presented the 2019 Service to the Community Award. The Joseph Family have consistently dedicated their business to preventing hunger in CT, plus supporting a host of community activities directly and through Rotary, the Food Bank, Focus on Canton, and many other organizations. Chuck often says that “Our business isn’t about food, it’s about people. And food is only one element of the nurturing process. The combination of a great family of associates dedicated to taking the drudgery out of food shopping for our friends and neighbors has provided us with the opportunity to make a difference beyond our four walls.”

Kellee Abramczyk-SvcBusnCommThe 2019 Service to the Business Community Award was presented to Kellee Abramczyk of America the Beautiful Country Store. Kellee has worked on local promotional initiatives organizing and helping coordinate events, such as, Christmas in Collinsville, Collinsville Hot (where she was a founding member), Collinsville Sip n’ Shop, and spearheading local business participation in The American Express Small Business Saturday movement which takes place each November. Kellee is active in the Collinsville Merchant Association, the Canton Chamber and most recently has taken on the role of President of the nonprofit Canton Main Street, Inc.

Cyclebar-NewBusinessCyclebar of Canton received the 2019 New Business in Town Award. Canton Cyclebar is located in The Shops at Farmington Valley. Owners Kevin and Liz Anderson opened their store in October 2018 and have grown the business to over 400 memberships. Their spinning classes start at 5:30 am and continue into the evening hours. On weekends Kevin and Liz host fundraising spinning events for local organizations with all proceeds going to the organization. Shops General Manager, Liz Ackerman, praised the Andersons for the quality of service and spirit they represent.

AlexLederman-YouthLdrAlex Lederman, a senior at Canton High School and President of the Rotary Interact Club, was recognized as the 2019 Youth Leader of Canton. Interact Club Advisor and Spanish Teacher, Michelle Traub read the college letter of recommendation written for Alex. Throughout his high school career, Alex has been recognized by his incredible leadership skills in a multitude of ways. He was chosen as one of two students to represent Canton High School at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. From there, he was then chosen to receive a full scholarship to continue honing his leadership skills at the 2019 World Affairs Seminar in Wisconsin. He was also awarded the 2019 Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award in recognition of “outstanding commitment to social justice and dedication to continuing their unfinished life’s work.” In the classroom, he is a consistent High Honors student and was awarded the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for Chemistry, English and Economics. On the sports field, he models the same success as a Varsity Cross Country runner and Varsity Golf Player, being awarded the Most Valuable Player and an All-Conference Player in golf.

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