By TAYLOR HARTZ
The Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce will host their 78th annual dinner this Saturday.
The Aqua Turf will transform into New Orleans for a Mardi Gras-themed evening of dancing, auctions, and awards.
The highlight of the event will be an awards ceremony, said Liz Hyatt, executive director of the chamber. She said that 13 individuals, businesses, and organizations will be recognized for their success in Southington.
The chamber will honor Rob Flood of Liberty Bank as the Business Person of the Year, and Southington High School teacher Nancy Chiero will be recognized as the chamber’s Employee of the Year.
Dave Gold, also of Liberty Bank, will receive the Chamber’s Presidential Award, and Sandy Fehrs of Calcagni Realty will be recognized as Chamber Woman of the Year.
For excellence in service, Lucia Chubet of Daigle, Smith and Chubet will receive the Volunteer of the Year Award, and Southington Volunteer Fire Co. 2 will be honored with the Samuel Woodruff Award.
Town Councilors Dawn Miceli and Chris Palmieri, will be awarded for their community spirit, and a beautification award will recognize the areas of 56 Center Street and Cosmo Corner, along with Lake Compounce for their Bear Creek facility, the newly-opened Plantsville Pizza, and the town’s Middle Schools Building Committee.
Hyatt said each of recipients “is outstanding in their contributions to the business community and the entire Southington community.”
Award recipients were nominated by members of the chamber and approved by the event’s organizing committee. The winners were then confirmed by the chamber’s board of directors.
“Their loyalty and dedication has significantly made a positive impact on our town,” said Hyatt, “and the chamber is honored to recognize them for the difference they are making.”
Costumes are optional to fit the Mardi Gras theme, and an open bar will be available all evening. The event will include raffle prizes and a silent auction, along with live music and dancing.
Tickets for the event are still available for $75 per person. The dinner will run from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, April 30. For more information and tickets, visit www.southingtonchamber.com/event/78th-annual-dinner-meeting.