Chamber seeks annual award nominees

Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce, One Factory Square

Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce, One Factory Square

The Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from the public for its annual citizen awards presented at the organization’s 77th annual dinner meeting on Saturday, April 25 at the Aqua Turf.

Each year the chamber of commerce recognizes outstanding businesses and volunteers who have enhanced the quality of life in the Southington community.

There are five categories for nominations:

The Riccio Brothers Business Person of the Year is awarded in honor of Ralph and Vito Riccio. It is presented to an outstanding business person that has demonstrated a sound commitment to the community as an owner or volunteer.

The Employee of the Year award is presented to an individual that exemplifies the ethics and spirit of Southington.

The Gail DePaolo Community Spirit Award is presented to a person, group of persons, or organization that has succeeded in bringing together a diversity of people for the good of a common cause.

The Beautification Award is presented to developers or commercial property owners for new construction, improvements, or upgrades to building facades in an effort to improve the overall appearance of the community. Five local businesses were honored last year.

The Chamber will present Public Service Awards for the fifth consecutive year. These awards are designed to go to uncompensated public servants that have served on town boards and commissions for at least 15 years. Also, the second annual Samuel Woodruff Award will be presented to a citizen that exemplifies the character of the town’s founder.

The public may obtain nomination forms at the chamber office or submit their own nominations in writing to the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce at One Factory Square.

A selection committee will review the nominations and announce the recipients on March 14. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 12. Forms are available at the chamber office.

The annual dinner is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at the Aqua Turf. It will feature installation of Paul Armor as the new chairperson, along with several new directors. The event will include dinner, open bar, dancing, and a gala raffle. For the ninth consecutive year, the major business sponsor is TD Bank. The theme for this year’s event is “Totally 80s.”

The Southington Chamber of Commerce is observing its 77th year. The organization was formed in 1938 by a small group of local businessmen.

For more information call the Chamber at 628-8036 or visit their website at

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