Living in an urban community is never easy. While East Boston does have it share of the issues, it also has a lifestyle that has made this a community of choice for generations of residents.
In Eastie, you are not just a face, but a name with lineage of whom your parents, brothers, sisters and grandparents are. Then, there are the recent waves of immigrants and young professionals that have added yet another important layer to the community’s tight knit feel.
However, keeping this sense of community alive is not an easy task.
The renaissance that Eastie has been experiencing for the last several years just did not happen, but happened because of local people.
On Thursday, March 16 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn on Boardman Street, the East Boston Chamber of Commerce will recognize individuals who in their own way have made a difference to the betterment for our community at their annual Prosperity Awards.
According to the Chamber’s President-elect Jim Kearney, the Prosperity Awards were established to honor and recognize Eastie’s most influential and impactful businesses and community leaders that are among the distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to the economic and cultural prosperity of our community.
This year’s recipients are:
Small Business: Joe Eagen, Squeaky Clean Car Wash
Restaurant of the Year: Anthony DiCenso, Rino’s
Workplace Advocate: Steve Snyder, East Boston Neighborhood Health Clinic
Non-Profit Organization and Leader: Anne Margaret Gutierrez, East Boston YMCA
Public Service Award: Jim Kearney, BPS
Business Legacy Award: Steven Schire, Carlos Catering
Business Woman of the Year: Patty Guzman, Lolly’s Bakery
Economic Growth And Development: Tom O’Brien, HYM
Buddy Mangini Award: to be announced shortly
The host and master of ceremonies for the evening will be State Representative Adrian Madaro. “The Chamber is both honored and privileged to present the Awards to these outstanding individuals,” said Kearney. “Please join the Chamber in recognizing their accomplishments.”
For sponsorship and ticket information please contact Karina Hicks at the Chamber’s office.