Annual Westmont Community Awards Dinner
Illinois State Representative Patricia Bellock with representatives of local Westmont service organizations.
Westmont, Illinois, April 30, 2018 – The Westmont Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau (WCCTB) hosted the Annual Westmont Community Awards Dinner to recognize area individuals and businesses. The Awards Dinner was held on April 30, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center. The Westmont Chamber Community Awards Dinner is an annual tradition in Westmont designed to provide a special opportunity to pause and recognize the many wonderful volunteers, activities and businesses that work to make Westmont a great place to live, work and visit.
WCCTB President Kevin Carey noted that “Over one-hundred and seventy Westmont area residents, business owners, and civic leaders attended the Westmont Chamber Community Awards program to demonstrate support for our community. The Westmont Chamber along with the Village of Westmont, Rotary Club of Westmont, Westmont Lions Club, Westmont Special Events Corporation and the Knights of Columbus are collectively proud to recognize the individuals and businesses that help contribute to the growth and success of Westmont, in a manner that keeps Westmont a great place to live, work and visit.”
During the awards program, the following special community recognitions and awards were presented:
The 2017 Dick Busse Business-of-the-Year Award recognizes a Chamber business that has excelled in community service, business promotion, civic responsibility and contributions to the betterment of the Chamber and the Village of Westmont. The nominees for this award were: DJ’s Sports Bar & Grill, K. H. Renovations, Inc., Uncle Bub’s Award Winning BBQ & Catering, Urban Veterinary Associates. The Dick Busse Business-of-the-Year award was presented to DJ’s Sports Bar & Grill (222 E. Chicago Avenue) in recognition of their high level of community interaction and support.
The 2017 Roger Westman President’s Award recognizes an individual who has performed outstanding service to the Chamber and the Westmont Community. The Roger Westman President’s award was presented to Al Carson, Dogz ‘N Harmony by Westmont Chamber President Kevin Carey.
2017 Westmont Citizen-of-the-Year Award recognizes individuals that reside in Westmont and that have demonstrated exceptional community involvement and leadership. Mayor Gunter noted “we have five wonderful people nominated for the Westmont Citizen of the Year that have made such a positive impact to the success of Westmont.” The nominees for this award were: Mary Gabryel, Steve Golembiewski, Debra Heady, Lia Rubino, Courtney Templeton. The Westmont Citizen-of-the-Year award was presented to Steve Golembiewski by Westmont Mayor Ron Gunter.
The 2017 Educator-of-the-Year Award recognizes a local educator for their outstanding efforts in their field and to the betterment of the Village of Westmont. The Educator-of-the-Year award was presented to two educators this year. Lori Dvorak from Holy Trinity Catholic School and Jane Most from Westmont High School.
The 2017 Westmont Public Service Award recognizes a member of the municipal organizations who demonstrates exemplary public service to the community. The Westmont Public Service Award was presented to Kevin O’Hare, Training Officer of the Westmont Fire Department, by Westmont Mayor Ron Gunter.
Westmont Lions Club President, Bob Fleck, presented the 2017 Melvin Jones Fellowship Award to Rick Martin.
The Rotary Club of Westmont President, Jeff Mitchell, presented Craig Grember with the Paul Harris Award in recognition of his exceptional level of community service and volunteer work.
Westmont Special Events Corporation (WSEC) President, Sam Alonzo and Village of Westmont Director of Communications Larry McIntyre presented the “Making Memories Award.” The 2017 WSEC “Making Memories Award” recipient is Jennifer Babyar.
The Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Joseph Moffa presented the “Knight of the Year” Award to James Anzelone. The “Family of the Year” Award was presented to Rick and Dawn Vath. The Knights of Columbus “In Service to One, In Service to All” Award was presented to Anthony Cappetta.
On behalf of the Westmont community organizations, Mayor Ron Gunter presented a Special Recognition Award to retiring Illinois State Representative Patricia Bellock for her twenty years of service and leadership to the Westmont community.
The 2017 Westmont Community Improvement Award recognizes individual business property owners and businesses that have improved the appearance of their property. Community Improvement Awards for 2017 were presented to:
· Artist Block Gallery/Bluebird Happiness Mentoring, 22 N. Cass Ave., (Edward Dawood and Kristin Thom)
· Aspired Living of Westmont, 407 W 63rd St., (Mary Ferguson)
· Johnny’s Blitz Bar & Grill, 20 N. Cass Avenue, (John Dasoqi)
· The Fremont Bar & Grill, 1115 Fairview Avenue, (Mark Zayed)
· Urban Veterinary Associates, 35 N. Cass Avenue, (Dr. Jessica Torok)
The 2018 Westmont Dining Reader’s Choice Awards is a program co-sponsored by the Westmont Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau and Shaw Media. The public was able to vote for their favorite restaurants, dining experiences and food during the time period of March 15, 2018 – April 4, 2018. There were 28 categories provided to consider. The winners were:
Best Asian Cuisine – Katy’s Dumpling House
Best Bakery – Standard Market Bakery (2nd year in a row)
Best Banquet Space – Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center (3rd year in a row)
Best BBQ – Uncle Bub’s BBQ (3rd year in a row)
Best Breakfast – Citrus Diner (2nd year in a row)
Best Burger – DJ’s Sport Bar and Grill (2nd year in a row)
Best Catering – Zazzo’s Pizza & Catering
Best Coffee Shop – Brewed Awakening (3rd year in a row)
Best Drinking Establishment – DJ’s Sports Bar and Grill (2nd year in a row)
Best Family Friendly Restaurant – Uncle Bub’s BBQ & Catering (3rd year in a row)
Best Fast Casual – Standard Market Grill
Best Fast Food – Chipotle (3rd year in a row)
Best Fine Dining – Bakersfield (3rd year in a row)
Best Full Service – Bakersfield Wood-Fired Grill
Best Holiday Brunch – Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center (3rd year in a row)
Best Ice Cream – Tasty Treat (3rd year in a row)
Best Indian Cuisine Restaurant- Saffron Restaurant (3rd year in a row)
Best Italian Cuisine – Vincitori (2nd year in a row)
Best for Live Entertainment – J. Fleming’s Absolutely Delicious (2nd year in a row)
Best Lunch – DJ’s Sports Bar and Grill
Best Mexican Restaurant – Standard Tacos & Margaritas
Best for Outdoor Dining – J. Flemings Absolutely Delicious (3rd year in a row)
Best Pizza – Zazzo’s Pizza & Catering
Best Salad – Standard Market Grill (3rd year in a row)
Best Sandwich – DJ’s Sports Bar and Grill
Best Seafood – Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen (3rd year in a row)
Best Sushi – Sushi House (3rd year in a row)
Best Video Gaming – DJ’s Sports Bar & Grill (3rd year in a row)
The Westmont Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, (WCCTB), is the voice of the Westmont Business community and provides the platform for our business community to work in support of enhanced economic development and growth for our Westmont Area. Learn more about WCCTB at www.westmontchamber.com.