Conrad Borucki honored as Distinguished Citizen
Members and guests of the Alden Chamber of Commerce enjoyed dinner and an evening together at the Whistle Stop Inn on Tuesday, May 17th, for the Chamber’s Annual Spring Membership and Election Dinner. Among the guests were friends of Conrad Borucki, recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Citizen of the Year award. Chamber Director Sue Galbraith read an impressive biography of Conrad’s achievements before announcing him as the 2016 Distinguished Citizen. Then a beautiful plaque from Laser Ace Custom Engraving was presented to Conrad by Chamber President Brooks Bowman. Conrad then entertained the crowd with a colorful and witty acceptance speech for which he received a standing ovation from all present.
President Brooks Bowman presenting the Distinguished Citizen Award
to Conrad Borucki
After a delicious dinner and the award presentation, during which proclamations from the Erie County Legislature, New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan’s office, Town of Alden, and Village of Alden were given to Conrad, the crowd attentively listened to Ron Gabalski, Alden Central School graduate and News 4 Photojournalist. Ron recounted his experiences as a photojournalist reporting the news with stories of the regular folks and celebrities he has met and interesting places he has travelled during his career.
Speaker Ron Gabalski
President Bowman then recounted the Chamber’s accomplishments during the past year and outlined current and future activities, including the Alden Farmers’ Market and upcoming Taste of Alden on June 3rd and the 5th annual Chamber Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament on July 29th. He thanked all retiring Directors for their years of service on the Board.
Chamber Director Jennifer Strong then introduced the nominees for a new three-year term on the Chamber Board. The nominees were: Angelo Daluisio (Angelo Daluisio Photography), John Drogi (Drogi & Sons Automotive), Laura Ross (The Pink Cow), Scott Sitzman (Sitzman’s Maytag), and Kara Smith (Alden Pharmacy). The vote in favor was unanimous and the dinner drew to a close with a welcome to the new and returning Directors. The Chamber thanks non-returning Directors Diane Casell and Randy Moyer for their time and contributions over the past three years. And in conclusion of the evening’s program, Chamber Treasurer Christopher Gust presented to Brooks Bowman another a beautiful plaque from Laser Ace Custom Engraving as thanks for his past year of service as Chamber president.
Co-sponsors assisting in making this event a success were Gold sponsors: Alden State Bank, Carbone’s Pizzeria, Doritex Corporation, Bene-Care Agency, and silver sponsors: Neill & Strong Attorneys and Alden Pharmacy. The Chamber would like to extend their sincere appreciation for the support from these sponsors. Thank you also to Country Crossroads Florists for donating the beautiful boutonnieres given to Conrad Borucki and Ron Gabalski.