The Bristol Press – Central CT Chambers of Commerce announces the winners of their annual Regional Awards Dinner
BRISTOL — The Central CT Chambers of Commerce has announced the winners of their annual regional awards dinner, with this year’s E. Bartlett Barnes Distinguished Service Award honoring Donna Osuch.
The Chamber Awards Dinner will be held June 1 at the Aqua Turf Club at 556 Mulberry St. in Southington. This event is a chance for the chamber to honor those who have made a difference in the community and contributed to the chamber’s mission of economic growth, legislative advocacy and business development.
This year, the E. Bartlett Barnes Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Donna Osuch, who is president and CPO of the local West Central Connecticut United Way. United Way of West Central Connecticut’s mission is to “Advance the Common Good”. The organization aspires to “create opportunities for a better life for all” by promoting health, education and financial stability.
Upon learning that she would be recognized this year, Osuch said she was surprised and honored.
“It’s an honor and a blessing,” she said. “Over the years, I have always held the other winners in very high regard. They were always the people I looked up to. I never thought I would end up in the same company.
The E. Bartlett Barnes Distinguished Service Award is the Chamber’s highest honor. Named after the former owner and publisher of Bristol Press, the award is given annually to “an individual who exemplifies the spirit, integrity, character, leadership and enthusiasm of one of the greatest community and business pillars of Bristol”.
Last year, the award was presented to Nancy O’Donnell, a founding member of the Plymouth Community Food Pantry, whose community involvement included the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, United Way of West Central Connecticut, Rotary Club of Terryville, the Main Street Community Foundation and more.
The Distinguished Business of the Year award will be presented to Baur, Inc.
Bauer began as an electrical contracting business in the early 1900s. Today the Bristol-based company is a world leader in the design and manufacture of aircraft component test and support equipment for commercial and military aviation industries.
The Special Recognition Award will be presented to the CT Business and Industry Association (CBIA). The CBIA is Connecticut’s largest business organization, with thousands of member companies. The CBIA represents the interests of area businesses in the state capital with the goal of promoting a “globally competitive business climate.”
Six outstanding community businesses will also be recognized, including Family Roots Produce Market in Bristol, Greenhouse Tavern in Burlington, Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Lauretano Sign Group and Tim Bobroske Construction in Plymouth and Plainville Funeral Home.
For more information or to register, visit centralcchambers.org or call 860-584-4718.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or [email protected]