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October 20, 2011 / Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce

The New Britain Chamber of Commerce 98th Annual Meeting Will Leave People Feeling Proud

A local attorney, who has quietly given his time and talents to help many local organizations, is this year’s New Britain Chamber of Commerce Distinguuished Community Service Award recipient.

Atty. Stephen J. Anderson, a senior partner with Anderson, Reynolds and Lynch embodies all that the Chamber’s signature annual award represents, according to William F. Millerick, Chamber president.

“Atty. Anderson has said yes to just about anyone who has asked for his help and he’s done it in a selfless, understated fashion that is inspiring,” Millerick said.

Anderson will be recognized, along with several other award recipients at the Chamber’s annual dinner, Thursday, Nov. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, West Main Street.

Millerick said that this year’s dinner will have a very special additional recognition, a “Community Thank You to Mayor Timothy Stewart.”

“Mayor Stewart has been a champion of business, the business community, and the social service sector. His accomplishments on behalf of the city, its businesses, and its residents are remarkable and we feel that it is important that we pause as he leaves office, to say thank you, as a city,” Millerick said.

Stewart, now in his fourth consecutive term as mayor, has chosen not to run for reelection in 2011.

The Chamber will also be recognizing several other businesses and organizations that night.

The annual Winged Victory Downtown Award will be presented to the Ververis family and Capitol Lunch. “Gus and his two sons, Gus Jr. and Art have somehow taken one of the best known names in New Britain business and made it even more popular. The name Capitol Lunch is known from coast to coast. The Ververis family is responsible for thousands of visitors to our downtown,” Millerick said.

The Chamber’s annual Beehive Business and Industry Award will be presented to Admill Machine of John Downey Drive, a local business which has invested in New Britain and provided inspiration for others to grow here.

Admill, under the leadership of President Jeffrey M.  Hiller and co-owner and Manufacturing Engineer Krzystof Rucz, has expanded its operation here and also maintains a plant in Poland.

“Admill is a great example of the robust precision-manufacturing sector in New Britain,” Millerick said,

“They do the kinds of precision aerospace work that cannot be done in other, less expert, countries. Manufacturing is alive and well in New Britain and Admill machine is a brilliant example.”

The Chamber’s Non-Profit Organization of the Year will be presented to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of New Britain.

“The Board and staff have worked diligently to ensure that this organization, so critical to generations of New Britain youngsters, is on track to continue that work. The Boys’ and Girls’ Club is a great example of a non-profit which saw the immense pressure and challenges of the economy and met those challenges,” Millerick said.

Millerick said the enthusiasm for Anderson, this year’s Distinguished Community Service Award recipient, is heart-warming.

“From the homeless to people with disabilities to youngsters who need a place to get off the streets, Atty. Anderson has been not just an advocate, but someone who has made projects happen.”

“He was critical to the success of the new headquarters of CCARC, critical to the success of the Manes & Motions rehabilitative riding program at Hospital for Special Care, and a key person in the Friendship Center’s ongoing effort to eradicate homelessness.”

“The YMCA has benefitted from his leadership and support for many years as has Habitat for Humanity here,” Millerick said.

His present law firm, as well as his previous firm, two of the most respected legal partnerships in the state, have made their home in the middle of downtown New Britain for generations.

“There is much to say about Atty. Anderson but there is even more to be inspired by. We think it will be a wonderful night for him, for Mayor Stewart, all of the recipients, and the city.

“Our goal is to have people walk out of the annual dinner feeling proud and upbeat about being in New Britain,” Millerick said.

Millerick said that the past five years have all been sellouts and based on enthusiasm for this year’s honorees, the Chamber expects a pretty quick sellout again.

Sponsor tables are available and individual reservations are also available at $75 per person. Social hour with open bar begins at 5 p.m. Dinner and awards follow.

Further information and reservations may be obtained by contacting Teresa Riccio, Events Coordinator at the Chamber at 860-229-1665, ext 210 or by visiting the website at


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