The Madison Area Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Awards Dinner on Mon., June 6, at The Madison Hotel, in Morristown. Awards were given in eight categories at the year-end celebration.
Approximately 100 guests attended the event. The night was filled with good cheer and camaraderie. The evening included a buffet, cash bar, door prizes and an awards ceremony that was held in the Victorian Room.
“The Chamber’s Annual Award Dinner honors outstanding Madison businesses and this year we also recognized improvements to the community by the good people of several vital, local non-profits,” said Chamber President John Morris. Honorees were selected unanimously by the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
In the Business Improvement category, the Chamber honored Healthy Italia with the “2016 Outstanding Interior Renovation Award.” STRYXE was honored with the “2016 Innovation Award.” Both winners are new businesses and the Chamber saluted both for making Madison their home.
The “2016 Appreciation Award” honored Janet Allocco, executive director of The Madison Community House.
The Chamber “2016 Volunteer of the Year Award” was presented to Meg Wastie, a curator of The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, for her outstanding contributions to the business community.
The Chamber awarded the Madison Area YMCA with the “2016 Non-Profit of the Year Award” for “it’s singular efforts focused on improving the well-being of the community and individuals.”
The “2016 Community Service Award” was given to The Garden Club of Madison for its endless efforts and commitment in restoring and improving common spaces for the betterment and quality of our community.
The recipients of “2016 Distinguished Service Award” that honored the volunteer Citizens’ Committee that devised, organized and implemented the “Walk With A Veteran” paver project and revitalization at the James Park triangle received a standing ovation at the Awards Dinner.
“The Citizens’ Committee’s devoted efforts — which included new benches, improved illumination and enhanced landscaping — have transformed historic James Park into an inviting and lasting place of beauty, honor and remembrance right in the heart of Madison,” Morris said.
“The paver project and revitalization of James Park shows that Madison’s history is always with us and its up to us to give it the hard-won respect it deserves.”
Former Madison Mayor Jack Dunne, the chair of project, and his fellow members of the Citizens Committee accepted the award.
The much anticipated “Extra Mile Award” is the only Chamber honor determined by the general public. The Bar Method of Madison was the 2016 recipient.
“We honor the Bar Method of Madison for their overall commitment to their clients and to the community,” said Giambra. “They successfully lead by example and have created a loving, community-based “family” focusing on healthy living, education and outreach, friendship and fun.
“The ‘Extra Mile Award’ recognizes employees who provide outstanding customer service and go the extra step to make certain that when doing business, Madison is the only place to be,” Giambra said.