WALLINGFORD — The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce recognized seven local businesses during its recent 77th annual meeting and awards dinner.
“When you have a company that has gone above and beyond, you should really be praising and recognizing them,” said Dee Prior-Nesti, chamber executive director. “Some companies are very humble … we want to make sure that they are acknowledged.”
The event was held at The Farms Country Club Wednesday night. Chris Berman, a longtime sportscaster for ESPN, was the keynote speaker.
Prior-Nesti said the companies honored were chosen based on their excellence in business and contributions to the community. She said the chamber also puts an emphasis on employee satisfaction and support for veterans and active military personnel.
The Wallingford Emergency Shelter, a program of Columbus House, was honored with the Non Profit of the Year Award for its service to the community, especially the homeless.
This year, the Heritage Award — which recognizes businesses around for 100 years — went to Wallingford Buick-GMC, which opened in 1914 and has been continuously run by the same family.
North Haven-based Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) was recognized with the Community Impact Award. The organization serves about 2,200 students, across 65 districts, with a wide variety of programs, including adult, vocational, interdistrict, professional development, as well as services for individuals on the autism spectrum.
“We’re so honored and so proud to be recognized,” said Evelyn Rossetti-Ryan, chief of marketing and outreach for ACES.
The Shining Star awards go to businesses that have demonstrated sustainability and excellence in business. This year, TD Bank earned the large company award, Calcagni Real Estate the mid-size award and ONE SOURCE Cos. the small company award.
Steven Angeletti, TD Bank senior vice president of commercial banking, said the chamber has always been a “phenomenal” business partner.
“We work so hard day in and day out that this is just icing on the cake,” Angeletti said.
The Veterans & Military Humanitarian Award was presented to Albertus Magnus College, which was named the first Purple Heart School in the state earlier this year.
"The College’s selection by the Quinnipiac Chamber to receive the Veterans and Military Humanitarian Award celebrates service and our commitment to offering the best possible student experience for our veterans. We salute their service and admire the sacrifices they’ve made for our country,” said Albertus Magnus College President Marc M. Camille in a statement.