The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) held their annual Community Appreciation Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the Best Western Plus Ticonderoga Inn & Suites. The Community Appreciation Dinner and Awards Ceremony gave the Chamber & Ticonderoga Area community members a chance to honor and thank all those who give of themselves for the betterment of the Ticonderoga Area. Over 100 people were in attendance for the event. Assisting TACC Executive Director Matthew Courtright as masters of ceremonies were Scarlette Merfeld of Sun Community News/Times of Ti, Kristin Thompson of Inter-Lakes Health and Mary Pat McDonald from Senator Little’s office.
The evening began with a brief welcome from TACC Executive Director Matthew Courtright
“Welcome everyone to the 2016 Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Community Appreciation Dinner & Awards Ceremony. We are honored and delighted to have you all here tonight. I would like to welcome all of our guests, volunteers, businesses, organizations, and committees who without your support and dedication so much would not be possible. We would also like to welcome Mary Pat McDonald representing Senator Little who is our special guest this evening. Assemblyman Dan Stec was not able to attend tonight due to the weather. All award recipients tonight in addition to the awards given will be receiving citations from both the NYS Assembly and the NYS Senate,” stated Courtright.
Courtright also shared a quote from his favorite author. “Devote yourself to your community around you and devote yourself to creating something that gives purpose and meaning,” Mitch Albom.
Courtright thanked the Best Western Plus for hosting the event. Courtright also thanked the many businesses and organization who made donations for the event. All TACC staff, board members, ambassadors, and committee chairs were recognized prior to the award ceremony.
All awards recipients were nominated and voted upon by chamber members, the community and the Chamber Board of Directors.
2016 Award Recipients:
2016 Business of the Year: Libby’s Bakery Café
(Katy & Andrew Rasmus, and Claire Brown accepted the award)
“The 2016 Business of the year award goes to a business that is a wonderful support of not only the Chamber but of the Ticonderoga Area as a whole. They donate and participate consistently both with time and talent, and donations to Chamber events, community events/fundraisers, and charities. They have also hosted a number of events for the Chamber. All three owners of the business are Chamber Ambassadors and between them are involved with the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, Ticonderoga Festival Guild, Ticonderoga Historical Society, and more. The recipient of this year’s award is consistently there when needed with continued dedication and support to the Chamber and the community. The business owners and staff always go above and beyond. For their continued commitment to the growth of the Ticonderoga Area and their business, for their positive contributions to the community, and for their unwavering support of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and our mission and vision, and for being a true business leader by living by example, we are pleased to present the 2016 Business of the Year award to Libby’s Bakery Cafe,” shared Scarlette Merfeld.
2016 Organization of the Year: Ticonderoga Festival Guild
(Judy Walker, Vincent Smith, & Sue Liddell accepted the award)
“The 2016 Organization of the year award goes to an organization that is a wonderful support of the community and the Ticonderoga Area as a whole. This organization works continually to provide high quality performance arts programs for both children and adults year round. This organization is always willing to partner on events and projects to benefit the community. They truly showcase the meaning of partnering with other organizations. This organization is always there when needed,” shared Kristin Thompson.
2016 Chamber Volunteer of the Year: Jodi Gibbs
“Chamber volunteer of the year is an individual that has been actively involved with the Chamber, participates in and assists with functions and events, shows spirit, enthusiasm, and energy. The award recipient is always there when needed specifically for chamber events and supporting the Chamber staff. She never asks, wants, or looks for recognition which is a sign of a true volunteer. This person is often behind the scenes making many things the Chamber does possible including this evening,” said Scarlette Merfeld.
2016 Community Volunteer of the Year: Eric & Jessica Stoddard
“This award goes to a couple this year that as community members have changed the community for the better. This couple does this by serving on committees, donating time and energy, and has worked effortlessly for the betterment of the community. This couple volunteers with the Chamber Ambassadors, Ticonderoga Historical Society, Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-Op, Ti’ Coustics, Ticonderoga Festival Guild, as well as visits the nursing home. This couple is actively involved with other committees and organizations for the betterment of the Ticonderoga Area,” said Kristin Thompson.
2016 TACC Appreciation Award Recipients:
John & Emma Williams
Ticonderoga Historical Society
Lake George Land Conservancy
Chilson Volunteer Fire Department
Adirondack Trail Riders
Essex County Industrial Development Agency
2016 Special Recognition Awards:
“Thank you to all of the amazing businesses, organizations, committees, and volunteers for all that you do for the Ticonderoga Area. I am proud to be working with you to serve the Ticonderoga Area. Your support along with our Members and Partners allow the Chamber to live our mission and strive each and every day to reach our vision. You make all of our efforts possible. I want to extend a special Thank You to all of the area businesses and organizations that donated the menu items for this evening to show their support and appreciation to all of the areas volunteers. I would also like to thank Lohr McKinstry who volunteered to take all of the photographs at the event. ,” shared Courtright.
The businesses and organizations that made donations to make this event possible included: Community Bank NA, Inter Lakes Health, Keith's Market, Sun Community News/Times of Ti, Walmart of Ticonderoga, Hot Biscuit Diner, AmeriGas, Gunnison’s Orchard & Bakery, Wagon Wheel Restaurant, Sugar Hill Manor B&B, Montcalm Manor, McDonald's of Ticonderoga, Libby's Bakery Café, Emerald's Restaurant, Glens Falls National Bank, Subway, Knights of Columbus, House of Pizza, Happy Star, Eddie's Restaurant, Corner Market, Christopher Chevrolet Buick, Century 21 Adirondacks, Ticonderoga Festival Guild, International Paper Company, Lohr McKinstry, Burleigh Luncheonette, Silver Bay YMCA, Crown Point Citgo, Debro's On the Way Café, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, PRIDE of Ticonderoga, Maddens Pub, and Bodette's Barbeque.