COVENTRY – Commerce Chenango recognized a community member and a local business for their contributions to the Chenango County community Wednesday night at their 52nd Annual Dinner, held at the Silo Restaurant in Coventry. The event was sponsored by NBT Bank and Frontier.
Those recognized were this year’s recipient of the Commitment to Community award, David Burrell, and Distinguished Business of the Year, Sidney Federal Credit Union.
Presented first was the Commitment to Community Award.
“This award is given annually to an individual who has shown significant commitment to our community through their leadership and individual contributions,” explained Maureen Carpenter, president of Commerce Chenango.
According to Carpenter, Burrell has made an impact on the community both as an entrepreneur and a volunteer. He’s made a difference in the lives of area residents and visitors alike, she explained, through his involvement in events such as Pumpkin Fest and the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament as well as organizations like Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County and the Norwich Business Improvement District (BID).
According to New York Pizzeria owner Frank Baio, whom Carpenter quoted, Burrell is known for his “legendary” work ethic and his ability to get things done, as well as his “big heart.”