Edison, NJ - On Thursday, the Edison Chamber of Commerce hosted its 20th Annual Awards Reception and Dinner, celebrating Edison’s finest individuals and organizations in business.
Each honoree was chosen through a precise selection process. First, they were nominated by a Chamber member who felt they were deserving of recognition. Then, they were narrowed down from a pool of candidates by members of the organization’s Awards Committee. After much deliberation, the Committee was able to finalize and announce the current slate of honorees.
“This evening is a great moment with the business community of Edison. Each honoree was chosen because of their commitment to going above and beyond in everything they do. I think the event is something everyone looks forward to and wholeheartedly enjoys. I'm grateful for all those who attend and make the evening as special as it is,” said Joseph Coyle, President of the Chamber.
The following individuals were honored:
Entrepreneur of the Year: Jaime Weiss, Colonial Village Associates
Citizen of the Year: Brian "Coach Cal" Calantoni
Restaurant of the Year: Loucas Sofocli, Loucas Italian Restaurant
Chamber Member of the Year: Michael Fisher, The Coffee House
Outstanding Business of the Year: Alecia Carter & Don Baxter, KettleBell Kitchen
Organization of the Year: Edison Arts Society
Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Chris Higgins, Limitless Entertainment LLC
Educator of the Year:
Susan Cox, ESP of the Year
Casey La Malfa, Lincoln Elementary School
Kristen Schaffter, Washington Elementary School
Diane Mosko, James Madison Intermediate
Denise Babst, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School
Genoveffa Rossiter, John Marshall Elementary School
Tina Locasto, Menlo Park Elementary School
Claudine Said, James Monroe Elementary School
MaryClare Pegos, Lindeneau Elementary School
Linda Ciccarella, Woodbrook Elementary School
Melissa Northup, Martin Luther King Elementary School
Jamie Wolenter, James Madison Primary School
Christina Cordero, Herbert Hoover Middle School
Melissa Orzechowski, John Adams Middle School
Stacy Bovadikov, Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Wendy Hurwitz, Woodrow Wilson Middle School
Kathleen Hendricks, Edison High School
David Marzano, J.P. Stevens High School
Abigail Donnington, FDR/EELC
” In times such as these, it has never been more crucial to come together as a community, where we can empower each other to be the best versions of ourselves. That is what these awards are about. A diverse collection of people gathering together to celebrate the excellence found within each of them,” said Mr. Coyle.