Darien Chamber awards volunteers, organizations and workforce at once-a-year meeting

DARIEN — The Darien Chamber of Commerce has declared its 2020 awards for volunteer of the yr, business of the year and staff of the calendar year.

The awardees were honored at the annual conference with awards and getaway cheer via Zoom on Dec. 15.

Some attendees loved a holiday cheer deal composed of an appetizer from Michael Joseph’s Great foodstuff catering, a 50 percent bottle of prosecco from Sipstirs and a mini poinsettia from Nielsen’s Florist.

The chamber celebrated its once-a-year award recipients through the conference, with every acquiring a Proclamation from First Selectman Jayme Stevenson.


The volunteer of the 12 months was awarded to Erica Jensen and Corrie Belardinelli of Helen Ainson.

For about 12, a long time they have volunteered their time to help arrange Darien Sidewalk Product sales & Loved ones Fun Days. They have finished almost everything from encourage and safe sponsorships, mentored new retailers, to recruiting their family associates to assistance with the motor vehicle show, and spot signals close to town.

Belardinelli has taken on added management obligations and volunteered to serve as a Board of Director on the total board in 2020 and will continue on in 2021. Their determination to the Chamber of Commerce, Sidewalk Product sales and advertising of Darien has aided put Darien “on the map” as a shopping destination, which assists all other local companies.

The Enterprise of the Yr was awarded to Sipstirs. Accepting the award at the event was David Wagner, owner of Sipstirs.Wagner presently serves as the vice chairman on the govt Board of Directors in 2020 and will proceed in 2021. Sipstirs has forged potent relationships with other companies in city to elevate all of Darien’s little companies, delivering guidance and collaboration during this tough year. Sipstirs carries on to actively volunteer their time and spirits to Darien Chamber events.

Sipstirs has taken a leadership placement in marketing the Darien Small business Group and the high-quality of lifestyle in Darien.

The Employee of the Calendar year award is supplied to an staff of a chamber member who has been nominated for exemplary assistance to the business for which he or she will work.

It is centered on the traits of providing great customer service, loyalty and belief and is given in memory of Stephen F. Zangrillo, founder of the Darien Activity Store who constructed his organization centered on these attributes.

This calendar year, the Darien Chamber of Commerce awarded three workforce who have revealed previously mentioned and over and above their simply call of duty in the course of the pandemic.

Lisa Elwell of Baywater Properties attained an employee of the yr award.

Elwell has aided coordinate so several of the Baywater initiatives throughout the pandemic, together with the most modern collaboration concerning The Corbin District and the Darien Chamber of Commerce, the Darien Collectively method to guidance shopping locally this vacation year.

“She continually operates tough to bring people with each other amid our stores and residents to downtown to assistance local dining places and retailers. Lisa provides a excellent attitude to every little thing that she does, is entirely dedicated to Darien and to supporting regional business enterprise,” the chamber reported.

The second worker of the 12 months was awarded to Jane Matthews of At Household in Darien. Matthews has been wonderful in aiding senior citizens, the most vulnerable populace during the pandemic. Matthews presents safe and sound and responsible transportation and has gone over and over and above for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, the chamber announcement claimed. She has taken on significant assignments these as purchasing and offering of groceries, prescriptions, and assistive products, and other practical responsibilities in order to preserve seniors safe and sound at home.

The 3rd worker of the year was awarded to Tony Mica of Palmer’s Current market. Tony has done an excellent career throughout COVID-19. He worked tirelessly 60-80-hour months due to the fact the pandemic strike, procuring goods for the shelves which has been very difficult and time consuming, the chamber said.

Honorary awards had been also offered to three people of Darien. Sophie Curtis was awarded for beginning the Rescue Key Avenue motion during the pandemic along with her siblings, Ben, Will and Grace. Whilst only a freshman at Darien Significant at the time, she begun a gift certificate “swap” program to help local Darien companies, raising more than $11,000 that went immediately back again into our neighborhood corporations.

Not only was her gift certificate “swap” a success for neighborhood organizations, her efforts also allowed $1,400 to be donated to Darien’s Human Products and services department to assist those people in want of aid. Sophie and her family’s perseverance to Darien modest firms and entrepreneurship should really be celebrated and praised. The Darien Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Darien are thankful for her perseverance and determination to our enterprises.

Yakov and Rebecca Gorodnitsky have been awarded for their perseverance to giving PPE to regional healthcare initially responders in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic when it was most desired. In addition, they selflessly donated to around 80 different spots, which includes the Darien Chamber of Commerce, to distribute to our associates without access or the implies to get PPE when they were being ready to open back up in Period 1.

The DCC is sponsored by Elite Sponsors, Bankwell and DR Bank, and Choose Sponsor, First County Lender, during the year.