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Prestigious Awards go to Business
Prestigious Awards go to Business, Community Leaders
Chicopee Register - by Tammy Landon, staff writer
CHICOPEE – This week, the city’s Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the prestigious 2002 Shining Stars awards bestowed annually upon local business and community leaders.
This year, Chicopee Industrial Contractors Inc., received the Business of the Year award, while the Citizens of the Year honor was given to the Moose Family Center #1849. Don and Irene Roy, owners of Don Roy’s Auto Body, and active chamber members, earned the Shining Star Volunteers of the Year award. The chamber will pay tribute to the winners at the gala Shining Stars Ball scheduled for April 13 at the Chateau Provost.
Chicopee Chamber of Commerce President Gail Seklecki said all winners are very deserving of the honor and praised their efforts. This also marks the first time an entire group – the Moose Family Center – was selected for Citizens of the Year. Their selection was an obvious choice, said Seklecki.
“They just kept coming up as people that should be recognized,” she said. The Moose Family Center members epitomize what a good citizen should be.” The Shining Stars award is one of many the Moose Lodge has received over the last two years. Giving the city international recognition, the lodge was named the “World’s Best Moose Organization” at a prestigious ceremony held in Las Vegas last summer.
It is considered the best organization out of 2,100 lodges worldwide for donating well over $500,000 in cash and $2 million in credits for volunteer hours for local charities. Donations have been given to 219 organizations in Chicopee and the Greater Springfield Area. The Moose Family Center will donate even more in funds and manpower this year, said its members.
“They are so visible, and they are there whenever there is a need in the city,” said Seklecki, who said there are hundreds of reasons why the lodge deserves the honor. “I was amazed by it,” said Moose Center Administrator Bruce Adams about the most recent honor. “Our members work very hard every day to better the community. To be recognized by the community – we are just ecstatic.” The Moose Family Center boasts 1200 members and supports charities that benefit children, the disadvantaged, the elderly and veterans. The group also supports Chicopee’s Police and Fire Departments, and offers its Fuller Road facility for a host of events for organizations, along with sponsoring athletic teams that compete on their athletic fields. “This is just terrific and we are extremely proud,” said Moose member Donald “Ding” Howe, who oversees the Lodge’s community service efforts. “It is unprecedented for a group to receive the award, and we are very humbled and very appreciative.
Seklecki said Chicopee Industrial Contractors, Inc. are also the perfect choice for the Business of the Year honor. According the Seklecki, the company has demonstrated a strong steady growth over the past 10 years under the leadership of President Carol Campbell. The company has proven that solid work ethic, strong work force and true commitment to the community are the elements for such success, she said. “They truly are great corporate citizens,” said Seklecki. “The company provides all kinds of opportunities for its employees.” Seklecki credited the efforts of Campbell, who participates in a number of charitable organizations and endeavors in the city.
Campbell is a member of the Chicopee Rotary Club, Business Networking International and is First Vice Chairman of the chamber’s Board of Directors. She also serves on committees for Elms College. Campbell credited her employees for allowing her to participate in community efforts and for the company’s continued success, “I am fortunate enough to have an absolutely wonderful staff that has allowed me to do these outreach programs,” said Campbell. “We are very close knit and this is not my award because of what the company has achieved as a whole.”
Campbell said employees were thrilled upon hearing the news, which was announced by Seklecki at Chicopee Industrial Contracting’s 10-year anniversary party held Feb. 23. The company was founded in 1992 and provides industrial construction services including rigging and millwright services, steel and concrete foundation installation and heavy hauling. Campbell said there was a market for such services when the company started, and is proud of its steady growth over the years. * “Wonderful” employees are what Chicopee Industrial Contractors President Carol Campbell says are the reason for her company’s success. The company earned the chamber’s 2002 Business of the Year award.