Community Awards Committee



    The main function of the community awards committee is to solicit nominations from the Gates and Chili community for the following categories.


    Beautification Awards Town of Gates & Town of Chili (one each)

    Recognizes an individual or organization for new construction or restoration of existing facilities to enhance the area.

    2020 Winners:   Chili - Chili Square
                                 Gates - Roto Rooter

    Joseph Entress Memorial Award Economic Development

    Recognizes an individual or organization for on-going improvement encouraging continued economic development in the area.

    2020 Winner:  American Packaging

    Innovative Business Award

    Acknowledges an existing or recent addition to the business community which has stimulated economic growth and commerce, with regards to product demand and originality of the enterprise.

    2020 Winner:  Climbing Vines  (Video of Climbing Vines receiving the award.)

    Culture and Arts Award

    Recognizes an individual or organization whose talents or patronage has strengthened the understanding, appreciation and support of art and culture as an integral part of community life.

    2020 Winner:  Robert Wesleyan College Community Theatre

    Outstanding Citizen

    Recognizes an individual located in or servicing the Gates and Chili area, who has contributed to the betterment of the community.

    2020 Winner:  Nellie and Quintino DiCesare

    Youth Leadership Award

    Acknowledges a youth group or individual (21 years or under) who lives or works in the Gates and Chili area who has provided leadership in a business or business association, community service to others and serves as a role model among their peers.

                2020 Winner:  Carlos Mateo, Manager, Bill Gray's Chili

    Dream Big Award - Small Business of the Year Award

    This award embodies the Spirit of Innovation-they often start small but DREAMBIG.We applaud the example they set, and the enormous contribution they make to our area’s economy.

                2020 Winner:  Green Gables Florist

    Young Professionals Award

    Acknowledges an emerging leader between the ages of 22 and 36 who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession, has a proven commitment to service by contributing time and energy to improving the quality of life of others in the community, and serves as a role model both personally and professionally.

                         2020 Winner: Andrew Loughlin, Gates Councilman

    Loretta Simmons Women's Leadership Award

    Named after the Chamber’s first president, this award honors women in leadership roles throughout the area who contribute to the betterment of the community.

                        2020 Winner: Abby Reinhart, Owner, GP

    Special Recognition Awards

    NYS Senator Joseph Robach
    NYS Senator Michael Ranzenhofer
    Joseph C. Manuse (posthumously), Gates Fire Distrit
    Gates-Chili Rotary Club, Celebrating 50 years
    The Dolomite Group, Celebrating 100 years

    The award committee is responsible for developing the press release calling for nominations, circulating the nominating forms throughout the community, collecting and tabulating all the nominations and presenting a voting ballot to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Upon the Board’s selection of winners, the committee then notifies the winners of their award by mail and a follow-up telephone call. The committee develops a press release announcing the winners and works in close concert with the Program Committee in the planning and preparation for the Annual Community Awards Gala and Banquet where the winners are publicly recognized for their accomplishments.