Chamber of Commerce Members Garner Trailblazer Awards

Ten member businesses and organizations of the Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce were honored as “Trailblazers” at an evening program at Villa Barone in Mahopac on Jan. 31. The Putnam County Business Council (PCCC) presented the awards.

Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce members were honored in five categories including Emerging, Environmentally Engaged, Established, Mature and Socially Conscious Trailblazers.

Andrew and Samantha Lutzer, owners of Cold Spring Coffee Pantry and On the Fly Cycling Studio, received the Emerging Trailblazer award.

Ava Bynum, Manager of the Cold Spring Farmers’ Market and Shelley Boris, owner of Fresh Company, were honored as Environmentally Engaged Trailblazers.

Established Trailblazer awards went to David McCarthy, Manager of Tightrope Interactive, and Chip Alleman, Manager of The Garrison.

Business owners Jim Matero of Jaymark Jewelry, Robert Lomino of Robert’s Total Care Salon, Cathryn Fadde of Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill and Marilyn Heberling of Art To Wear Too were recognized as Mature Trailblazer awards.

Socially Conscious Trailblazer awards were presented to Putnam ARC and Carinda Swann, executive director of The Garrison Art Center.

Candidates had to be nominated and were required to describe the positive impact they have had had on their community. A selection committee made up of representatives from the PCCC and other community leaders made final selections.

The Putnam County Chamber is made up of chambers from Brewster, Carmel-Kent, Greater Mahopac-Carmel, Patterson, Putnam Valley and Cold Spring. The evening honored businesses from each of the six PCCC member chambers.

“The PCCCs … value continues to be about advocating for the needs of our business community, as a whole, and ensuring our voices are heard at all levels of government,” said PCCC Chair Jennifer Maher. “In addition to recognizing … our county’s best and brightest business professionals, this gala brings all of us together … to celebrate the vital contributions that our businesses provide to ‘Main Street’ and our residents.”

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Sheriff Donald B. Smith served as masters of ceremony for what was the PCCC’s fourth annual Trailblazer Awards gala.

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