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May 11, 2012 / Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce

DATTCO President to be honored with American Diabetes Association Father of the Year Award

DATTCO President to be honored

with American Diabetes Association

Father of the Year Award

 

Don DeVivo, President of one of the state’s most successful businesses, DATTCO transportation in New Britain, is being honored as Father of the Year by the American Diabetes Association.

The Rocky Hill-based organization, along with the Father’s Day Council of Connecticut is honoring DeVivo with the 2012 award in recognition not only for being a model father but also for his extraordinary record of community service.

The Award will be presented at the ADA’s Father of the Year Awards dinner, the evening of June 15 at the downtown Marriott in Hartford. Reception begins at 6, followed by dinner and awards at 7:30. Some 400 people are expected to attend the event, one of ADA’s largest annual fund-raisers.

Information on individual and table reservations as well as sponsorship opportunities and congratulatory ads may be found by following the attached link, www.diabetes.org/hartfordfoty.

Also being recognized with a Father of the Year Award will be Ernest J. Mattei, a partner at Day, Pitney LLP in Hartford.

A longtime and loyal friend of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce: New Britain/Berlin, DeVivo has been President of DATTCO transportation for the past 10 years.

An exemplary father, DeVivo’s family and colleagues know he is an equally exemplary son. He has worked with his father Lou DeVivo, who founded DATTCO in 1924, transitioning into the top corporate position while the elder DeVivo moved into the Chief Executive Officer position.

A model father and loyal son, Don DeVivo is also one of the most philanthropic corporate leaders in central Connecticut.

“This is a wonderful honor for Don,” said William F. Millerick, President of the Greater New Britain Chamber.

“It’s so fitting as Father’s Day approaches, that a loving son and father, whose family business and family name are so important to him is being recognized by the American Diabetes Assn. The ADA is highly respected in central Connecticut for the support it provides for research and education of this disease that affects so many today.”

DATTCO has donated an incalculable amount of transportation services to nonprofit organizations and other groups to help with fund-raisers, field trips and outings. His support has made the difference in whether a group of youngsters were able to visit Sturbridge Village or a Red Sox game in Boston.

Examples of his generosity are synonymous with DATTCO transportation. Over the years DeVivo has helped to set a standard for corporate philanthropy and community investment.

A lifelong resident of Berlin, DeVivo is a graduate of the University of Hartford. He also holds a law degree from the UConn School of Law. He and his wife Patricia have two sons, Kyle, a student at University of Vermont and Kevin, a student at Colgate University.

DATTCO is the primary school transportation firm for most of the communities in central Connecticut and has built decades-long relationships with the communities.

Under DeVivo’s leadership, DATTCO has expanded on its business lines, now offering parts and repair to other bus companies and thriving tour businesses as well.

The company has also embarked on several green initiatives, with new energy-saving and fuel conscious buses that will become standards in the industry in many years.

Further information on the dinner may also be found at the ADA website, www.diabetes.org/hartfordfoty  or by contacting the Chamber at 860-229-1665.

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