SUMMIT, NJ - The Suburban Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of the 2020 Chamber of Commerce Awards, which will be presented April 1 at the Chamber’s 10th Annual Awards Dinner, "Tying the Communities Together," at the Grand Summit Hotel.
Tickets for the awards dinner and purchase of ad journal entries are available through the Suburban Chamber of Commerce website – www.suburbanchambers.org, or by calling the Chamber at 908 / 522-1700.
The following are award winners:
Silver Service Award – Claire Toth
This award recognizes a private citizen or public servant who has served at least 25 years in multiple volunteer organizations and/or on community boards or committees, someone who has demonstrated a long-time dedication to the community.
Claire Toth is Vice President of Point View Wealth Management, where she undertakes sophisticated financial planning for clients, including retirement, education, and estate planning services.
Prior to joining Point View, Ms. Toth was Of Counsel with Herold and Haines, in Warren, where she focused her practice on privately held businesses and their owners. More recently, she is Of Counsel to Bourne Noll & Kenyon here in Summit. She also spent several years with the Treasury Department in Washington D.C., where she supervised tax regulations and rulings. Throughout her career, Ms. Toth has spoken and written extensively.
Ms. Toth received her A.B. and J.D. degrees from the University of Chicago, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She has a Masters of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University and has been awarded the CFP designation.
A Summit resident, Claire and her husband, David Dietze, have two children. Currently, she is Secretary of the Summit Historic Preservation Commission, Treasurer of Summit Downtown, Inc., Assistant Treasurer of SAGE Eldercare, and sits on the finance committees of Family Promise, St. Teresa of Avila parish, and Impact 100 Garden State. She is also an active volunteer with the University of Chicago.
Organization of the Year Award – Berkeley Heights YMCA
Each year the Chamber honors an organization which has consistently performed services within our communities and has achieved or carried out one or more outstanding events or projects during the previous year.
The YMCA invested more than $14 million in building a new 40,000 square foot facility for the Berkeley Heights and surrounding communities. This facility allows for additional opportunities to serve more children, teens, adults, families and seniors and expand its collaborative efforts with local organizations and partners. This investment "cements [the YMCA] as a true community leader for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility for years to come. This is the first new YMCA branch built in NJ in over 10 years. The facility opened February 6, 2020.
Good Neighbor Award – Lantern Hill
This award traditionally recognizes a person, business, property owner or organization which has made significant improvements to the community including expanding and enhancing cultural experiences.
Lantern Hill opened in 2016 and provides a vibrant retirement lifestyle. They opened a new independent residential building, Bell Pavilion, in October. Bell Pavilion features 168 apartment homes, plus a wealth of exciting new amenities including a new restaurant and bar, fitness center, outdoor bocce courts and fire pits.
The continuing care neighborhood at Lantern Hill opened in early 2018. The on-site continuing care neighborhood provides assisted living, sub-acute rehabilitation, nursing care, and memory care. This is in addition to the 443 maintenance-free, independent living apartment homes.
Public Service Award – Mike McTernan
This award honors an outstanding, well-rounded citizen who lives or works in our communities and has demonstrated exemplary services by way of volunteerism and community involvement.
Mike McTernan is a General Partner at Hilltop Ventures LLC. McTernan served six years as a Summit Council Member and served two years as Council President. He was president during the decision-making process for the master plan.
Business of the Year Award – Delicious Heights
The Chamber seeks to recognize a business or business person who has operated a respected business in our communities. Considerations is given for outstanding practices, products and/or services and involvement in our communities by way of contributions to local programs, events and other services.
Delicious Heights, the family friendly neighborhood restaurant and bar, opened as a take out only deli in 2002. Since, they moved and renovated the former Gasoline Alley in 2007 -- from a deli catering storefront to a premiere dining and multi-generational local hang-out in Berkeley Heights. The menu offers a great selection of seafood, steaks and signature salad choices, as well as burgers, sandwiches and soups created.
The partners had expanded Delicious Heights to Bedminster five years ago, revamping the historic Willie's Tavern -- and opened a third location, Delicious Heights Outpost, in Basking Ridge at the Basking Ridge Country Club. In the fall of 2018, they purchased Bridgewater Manor and expanded their off-premises catering operation.
President’s Award – Sage Eldercare
This special award is presented as a special honor by the Chairperson of the Suburban Chamber of Commerce to a person, business or organization that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in providing services to its surrounding communities.
SAGE offers comprehensive programs and services and serves approximately 7,000 older adults and their families annually in Union, Essex, Morris, and Somerset Counties, and beyond.
SAGE is distinguished among its field with being one of the oldest eldercare agencies in New Jersey and also one of the few nonprofit eldercare agencies in the United States that offers a comprehensive array of services under one roof.
Beautification & Arts - The Pipes of Christmas
From the bold sounds of the bagpipes and the harmonious blending of brass, strings and percussion, to the poetic and lyrical words that complement them, the Pipes of Christmas is a festival for the soul.
The Suburban Chamber of Commerce, serving the communities of Summit, New Providence, and Berkeley Heights is proud to honor the prominent individuals, organizations and companies for their dedication and far reaching efforts in their communities.
Visit the Suburban Chamber of Commerce website or contact Suburban Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karen Hadley at email@example.com to learn more about joining the Chamber and to participate in upcoming events.