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Suburban Chamber to Honor Prestige Diner as 'Business of the Year' Mar. 22; Sharing Network and Ted Romankow Among Others Recognized at Annual Awards Event

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SUMMIT, NJ - The Suburban Chamber of Commerce, which advocates for businesses in Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights, will bestow its 'Business of the Year' on Prestige Diner when the organization hosts its Annual Awards Dinner March 22 at The Grand Summit Hotel.

Sharing Network will receive the 'Organization of the Year' award, and Ted Romankow will be recognized with the 'Good Neighbor Award' for his work to restore Berkeley Heights Veterans Memorial Park.

Other honorees include David Deitze - 'Citizen of the Year'; Marin Mixon - 'President's Award'; and Peter Twill - 'Silver Service Award'.

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The 'Business of the Year' award recognizes a business who has operated a respected business in the community for at least five years, features outstanding practices, products and/or services, and has a demonstrated involvement in the community by way of contributions to local programs, events and other service to the towns and organizations. outstanding, well-rounded citizen who lives or works in our community and has demonstrated exemplary service by way of volunteerism and community involvement.

It was recently written in TAPinto that the busy hustle and bustle operation of  Prestige Diner is run behind the smiles of Jimmy and Harry Vardas. The community knows they can count on the Prestige Diner for support. They host "Coffee with a Cop" events and donate numerous menu selections and sponsorships to the many community events and programs throughout the year.

The 'Organization of the Year' award recognizes an organization which has consistently performed services within the community for at least five years, and has achieved or carried out one or more outstanding events or projects during the previous year.

Sharing Network, headquartered in New Providence, is committed to increasing the number of lives saved through innovative transplant research, family support, public awareness and education about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Their annual 5K Celebration of Life event brings 10,000 runners/walkers to the community to raise money and awareness to saving lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

The 'Good Neighbor Award' recognizes an organization -- through property improvements, or the implementation of a plan -- has enhanced the beauty of community. This can be for a property's aesthetic enhancement, or for the thoughtful conservation of the community’s natural resources, resulting in a positive contribution to the overall life in our community.

Ted Romankow is the Chair of the Berkeley Heights Veterans Memorial Park Renewal Committee. The Committee's main goal was to renew and maintain the Memorial to its pristine condition when it was constructed in1987 -- funded 100 percent through donations and a Union County matching grant. Along with restoring the park, the committee embarked upon a program entitled  "Operation: We Remember" to educate the community about the town Veterans. All Berkeley Heights schools participated in the program. Challenge coins were minted and distributed to Veterans and their loved ones throughout the year. 

Tickets for the event, which begins at 6 p.m., are $80 per person -- with tables of 10 available for $800 -- registration available by visiting suburbanchambers.org. The Grand Summit Hotel is located at 570 Springfield Avenue.

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