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The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) held their annual Community Appreciation Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 26, 2017 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 125 people were in attendance for the event. Assisting  TACC Executive Director Matthew Courtright as masters of ceremonies were Shana Macey of Bridge Point Communication (TACC Board President) and Kristin Thompson of Inter-Lakes Health (TACC Vice-President). In addition Assemblyman Dan Stec and Senator Betty Little assisted TACC Executive Director in recognizing all of the award recipients. The evening began with a brief welcome from TACC Executive Director Matthew Courtright

“Welcome everyone to the 2017 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. I would also like to thank the Best Western Plus Ticonderoga for hosting us tonight. We would also like to welcome Assemblyman Dan Stec and Senator Little who are our special guests this evening. All award recipients tonight in addition to the awards given will be receiving citations from both the NYS Assembly and the NYS Senate,” shared Courtright.

Courtright also thanked the many businesses and organization who made donations for the event and then introduced Assemblyman Dan Stec and Senator Betty Little to say a few words. Both Assemblyman and the Senator thanked all of the volunteers and Chamber Members for their support of the community and the Chamber. They also shared how hardworking the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is and that the Ticonderoga Area is well represented. 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. The results were then reviewed by the Chamber Staff and Executive Board. We encourage all of you to fill out nomination ballots in the future.  In addition to the awards they are receiving tonight Assemblyman Dan Stec and Senator Betty Little are also providing all recipients with citation certificates, stated Kristin Thompson.

2017 Business of the Year: Optics of Ticonderoga (Dawn Titus accepted the award)

“The 2017 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 quietly donate and always participate consistently in Chamber events, to community events/fundraisers, and charities. The recipient of this year’s award is consistently there when needed with continued dedication and support to the Chamber and the community. They also communicate regularly with the Chamber which is key to being a TACC Member. They truly showed their dedication to the Ticonderoga Area when circumstances beyond their control happened. They moved their business location, committed themselves to Ticonderoga, and are ensuring that we have quality eye care services available within the area. The business owner and staff always go above and beyond providing a leading example of what customer service should be. They never ask, want, or look for recognition and are excited to be part of the business community. 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 staff, our mission and vision, and for being a true business leader, we are pleased to present the 2017 Business of the Year award to Optics of Ticonderoga,” said Kristin Thompson.

2017 Organization of the Year: Kiwanis Club of Ticonderoga (Kiwanis Members accepted the award)

“The 2017 Organization of the year award goes to an organization that is a wonderful support of the community. This organization works continually to provide events, community projects, and youth programs. They have been dedicated to the community for many years.  Their projects range from the yearly Easter Egg Hunt, Backpack program, and a variety of youth programs and projects. They also support many other events and projects in the community. This organization is always there when needed and is a TACC Member in support of all of our efforts. For their continued commitment through community projects and youth programs we are pleased to present this award to Kiwanis Club of Ticonderoga,” shared Shana Macey.

2017 Chamber Volunteer of the Year: Carolyn Ida

“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 and we are honored to work alongside her. For her dedication to the Chamber and the growth of the organization we are honored to present this award to Carolyn Ida, shared Kristin Thompson.

2017 Community Volunteer of the Year: Mickey Fitzgerald

“This award goes to a person that leads by example and is always there when needed.  Not only does he support many organizations, business, committees, and events but he volunteers in support of them and is always lifting their spirits. He is always promoting the community as well.

He does all of this without seeking or wanting recognition which is a true sign of a volunteer. He is truly dedicated to the betterment of the Ticonderoga Area.  In addition this person continues to provide random acts of kindness throughout the community. We hear he makes amazing blueberry muffins. For his dedication to Ticonderoga and others we are honored to present this award to Mickey Fitzgerald,” said Shana Macey.

2017 TACC Appreciation Award Recipients: North Country Small Business Development Center, Karen Hennessy, Ticonderoga EMS, Jill Spring, Mariann Rapple, Denise Huestis, James Cawley, Friends Comforting Friends, Snug Harbor Marina, Christopher Chevrolet Buick and The Wind-Chill Factory.

2017 Special Recognition Award: Sharon Reynolds

“We are honored to give a special recognition award to a person who has dedicated many years of services to the Ticonderoga Area community. As of yesterday, she has left her role as the Executive Director of PRIDE of Ticonderoga. For her unwavering dedication to PRIDE, their partners, and the entire community, for her leadership in bringing millions of dollars into the community, and for her significant impact on our future we are honored to present this Special Recognition Award to Sharon Reynolds,” said Kristin Thompson.

“Thank you to all of the amazing businesses, organizations, committees, and volunteers for all that you do for 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 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: Best Western Plus, 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, Christopher Chevrolet Buick, Century 21 Adirondacks, Ticonderoga Festival Guild, International Paper Company, Lohr McKinstry, Burleigh Luncheonette, Crown Point Citgo, Debro's On the Way Café, Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, PRIDE of Ticonderoga, Wind-Chill Factory, Bodette's Barbeque, and Optics of Ticonderoga.

For more information visit www.ticonderogany.com, TACC facebook page, or call 518-585-6619.

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