Plantsville resident Chris Conlon thinks big. His barbecue restaurant, Smokin’ with Chris, has grown by leaps and bounds since it opened in 2006. It’s not uncommon for him to each week burn a cord of wood to smoke upwards of literally a ton of meat on the huge smoker.
However Conlon has set even bigger sights: helping his community in a different way than when he was a career firefighter, first in Southington then in West Hartford. He’s behind multiple fundraisers, bringing the Smokin’ with Chris 25-foot smoker and food to events such as the Calvanese Foundation’s Wine and Beer Fest. Other times he hosts the fundraisers in his restaurant, benefiting causes such as the YMCA’s Camp Sloper scholarships.
For six years, Southington Care Center, located at 45 Meriden Ave., has also been the recipient of Conlon’s annual donations. The contributions have supported the nail salon, the resident dining room and, a patio addition at the community which offers skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. This year’s donation will elevate his total donations to over $5,000. The money will be used for the resident recreation funds.
For his community commitment, Conlon has received multiple awards from the United Way, Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s Office, City of New Britain, and the list goes on.
Southington Care Center offers skilled nursing and rehabilitation services, and is a not for profit member of Hartford HealthCare Senior Services. For more information about Southington Care Center, visit southingtoncare.org.