Central Catskills Chamber will hold recognition dinner on May 21

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Margaretville — The Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce will celebrate and recognize four members of its organization at its Annual Awards Dinner to be held on Wednesday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Hanah Mountain Country Inn and Resort. Each year the CCCC proudly celebrates members who have a proven record of providing quality service, exceptional experiences and a commitment towards excellence.
The 2014 Special Award of Recognition will be given to the Catskill Mountain Club, a regional organization and its many volunteers. Born in 2003 when staff from the Catskill Center decided the Catskill Region needed its own club to promote non-motorized outdoor recreation for all age groups and abilities.
With the Centennial Anniversary of the Catskill Park approaching in 2004, there seemed no better way to commemorate this special occasion than the formation of the locally based club similar to the Adirondack Club. This year marks the Club’s 10th Anniversary and it has grown from a small group of hikers to a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation with more than 800 participants.

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The Entrepreneur of the Year will be award to The Phoenicia Diner and owner Mike Cioffi. Built in 1962 and moved to the Catskills in the early ’80s the diner has a long history of serving customers who are drawn to the Catskill’s natural beauty. Located along Route 28 just past the hamlet of Phoenicia in the town of Shandaken, the prior owners nurtured the diner and its customers for nearly 30 years.
A second home owner for 20 years Mike Cioffi and his family would drive past the diner on their way to their vacation home in Margaretville. When the opportunity to purchase the diner occurred Mike was ready to start a new chapter in his life and the family agreed. He quickly gave the Phoenicia Diner a fresh new look but kept the old charm of bygone days when a diner meant a welcome environment, great food and a respite from travel.
The Business of the Year will be awarded to Zone 4 Landscape Design, home based in the Town of Andes. Mel Bellar came to landscape design because of a passion for gardening after being “job eliminated” from an executive position as the CTO of the Internet division of a large advertising firm in Manhattan. Offered the services of an out placement center Mel soon realized that he got the most out of creating things that were both functional and beautiful, not one or the other and that he loved working in a collaborative situation.
Now in its 10th year Zone 4 Landscaping Design remains focused on collaborating with clients to find solutions to their landscaping needs and dreams to make their gardens beautiful and functional. The Upstate House Magazine in September of 2013 featured his and wife Peggy’s home and garden with photos and article.
The Tourism Property of the Year will be awarded to Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm located in Halcottsville. This unique setting at Lake Wawaka has been a destination for travelers for more than 30 years. Located just off of Route 30 the abundance of natural treasures unique to these Catskill Mountains include wetlands, a marsh, brooks and streams. James and Susan Kelly, owners, offer paddling on the lake or options to rent kayaks and canoes to take on the recently opened NYC Reservoirs with Pepacton just a few miles away.
The Kelly’s have preserved this idyllic location and take pleasure in offering adventure, friendship, exploration, and discovery by experiencing its intimacy through heart, soul and senses.
For dinner information and to reserve you seat please contact: Carol O’Beirne at 586-3300.