Fairfield Chamber to Honor Family-Owned Businesses, Sept. 19

Fairfield, Conn. – The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce has announced their six award recipients who will be honored at the 1st annual Family-Owned Business Recognition Dinner on September 19th at the Brooklawn Country Club, Fairfield, CT. 

2019 Honorees include:

Hatfield Insurance Agency Inc.  - “ 114 years”

Accepted by Guy Hatfield, President

Lesko & Polke Funeral Home - “110 years”

 Accepted by Kevin Lesko, Co-Owner

Henry C. Reid & Son Jewelers – “109 years”

Accepted by Harry French, President 

Collins Medical Equipment – “88 years”

Accepted by Bryan Collins, Director of Sales & Marketing

Ganim’s Garden Center & Florist – “81 years”

Accepted by Lee Ganim, President 

Abbey Tent & Party Rental – “63 years”

Accepted by George Szondy, President

“This will be a very special evening," says Beverly A. Balaz, President of the Chamber, "as we will be recognizing three of our Family-Owned Business Chamber members who have been in business over 100 years, plus another 3 Chamber businesses with milestone numbers, and in different business sectors.” 

Continues Beverly, “It is important to recognize Family-Owned local businesses, because they face different kinds of challenges each year, as they move from generation to generation.”  

Local independent and family-owned businesses are a strong part of the fabric and tapestry of our Town.  These businesses help:

  • Build a Community
  • Strengthen Our Local Economy
  • Keep Our Community Unique

“The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce has many family-owned businesses within our membership, and we recognize that their day-to-day challenges are many, and therefore, overcoming those challenges are not always easy. Economic ups-and-downs require hard decision-making to maintain profitability, as owners carefully navigate through good and bad times.”  

So, what is their true key to their success? It is their “personal passion” for always providing the very best service and products for their customers.  Repeat customers are essential to a local family-owned business, and once trust is established, loyal customers will continue to keep coming back.  The joy is in the relationships - greeting customers by name, and watching them leave with a smile on their face.   

“We anticipate this event to be a wonderful and magical evening, where the closest of friends, family, and colleagues, all come together to celebrate and honor the contributions of each honoree, reflecting their thoughtful leadership, community engagement, and extraordinary customer service," continues Beverly. 

The guest speaker for the evening will be David Kooris, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Economic & Community Development, State of Connecticut. 

The Chamber will give each honoree a beautiful plaque, First Selectman Michael Tetreau will issue proclamations and Fairfield’s state legislators will give State Citations to each honoree.  Sponsors for this event are First County Bank and UI, who have graciously come forward through their sponsorship, to acknowledge the honorees and importance of this recognition dinner.  

In closing, “The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce looks forward to many, many years of celebrating our Chamber Family-Owned Business members each year in the future … they truly deserve this recognition, and we are here to provide that for them!”

Tickets are available for those who would like to attend the dinner and participate in the festivities … and Sponsorships and Program Congratulation Ads are also available to show their support for this year’s honorees.

For more information and details about this event, or to purchase tickets, reserve program congratulations ad space, or participate as a sponsor, please contact the Chamber office: 203-255-1011 or register online: www.FairfieldCTChamber.com

Date:  Thursday, September 19, 2019


Brooklawn Country Club

500 Algonquin Road, Fairfield, CT  06824

Time:  5:30pm-8:30pm

Tickets: $85

RSVP:    September 13, 2019 (Seats are limited, no walk-in’s)

Attendees:  Open to the Public


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