Community Contribution –
Although Pat does try to downplay his business’ contribution at times, Bigway has been an important contributor to the Morris Community. Through his support of countless organizations, Bigway is the type of corporate good citizen that sets an example for all local business to follow.
It would be difficult to list all of the organizations Pat and Bigway have assisted over the years, and Pat would likely be embarrassed if we did. However, I am confident that everyone in this room has seen Pat’s generosity on more than one occasion, and know what he has done for our community.
Business of the Year – Santa Lucia
Since its acquisition by Taso and Natasha Simeonidis, Santa Lucia has continued to set the standard for excellent food and a welcoming atmosphere in Morris.
Through consistently changing and developing a menu to meet local diners’ needs, to insisting on only quality, fresh ingredients, Santa Lucia has demonstrated a commitment to delivering quality food.
In addition to this, Santa Lucia has continued to reinvest in their property. From interior renovations to its bar and restaurant, to physical improvements on the outside of the building, Santa Lucia looks great on our Main Street.
It is always wonderful to see entrepreneurs come to Morris – it is even better to see them set up roots, and invest in our community.
Congratulations on willing this well-deserved award.
Entrepreneur of the Year
– Integra Tire
Since starting the operation of Integra Tire in Morris, Randall, Marshall, and their entire team has been dedicated to providing competitive prices, and excellent customer service to all of their customers.
Through excellent service on everything from car, agricultural, and highway tractor tires, Integra Tire has been a great example of how local business can thrive when it works hard to earn local business.
Integra Tire has also embraced the Morris community, and have been involved with Stampede Kickoff, the Morris Fire Department, and the Dekalb Super Spiel.
Randall has spoken very proudly of the support they have received in the community for their business, and how much they appreciate the community as a whole.
Congratulations, and we look forward to seeing you build on your success.
Volunteer of the Year – Bud and Shelley Stupnisky
We are very pleased to recognize Bid and Shelley Stupniski for their contribution to Morris and Area as volunteers.
In 2018, Bud and Shelley were instrumental in co-chairing the Communities in Bloom conference in Morris. Their connections were valuable in making the conference a success, and in bringing out excellent guest speakers, including Mark Cullen.
They are also active elsewhere in the Community, and we see their involvement with other organizations, including the Morris Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary, the Public Library, and the Curling Club, just to name a few.
Thank you for your contribution to our community.
MORRIS & DISTRICT
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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