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Annual Awards Dinner Honors Irondequoit People and Places

Jan 25, 2016

On Friday, January 22, 2016, the Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce honored local people and places at our Annual Awards dinner at the Rochester Yacht Club. Though snowy and windswept along the Genesee River, the atmosphere inside the Yacht Club's Conewago Room (upstairs banquet room) was warm and festive.

The Irondequoit Chamber annually honors a Person of the Year and bestows Beautification Awards in categories for Best New Building, Best Renovation, Best Re-purposed Building, and Best Landscaping in Irondequoit.

Board President Rich Orczyk, Person of the Year Don Wood, Immediate Past President Fred Squicciarini.

Person of the Year

This year's Person of the Year is Donald E. Wood, a well known and longtime Irondequoit resident. Don has spent much of his adult life serving the Irondequoit community in many ways, from being a beloved school bus driver to volunteering with school children teaching them about “stranger danger". He has served Irondequoit Police Chief Tantalo, and his predecessor Chief Boyan. He has been a dedicated volunteer with Irondequoit Crime Prevention Coalition, the Advanced Citizens Police Academy, as well as being Captain of the Parkside Neighborhood Watch for over 20 years.

In 2011, Don was honored by the Grand Lodge of the State of New York with its General Douglas MacArthur Youth Award, which recognizes exemplary service to youth of the state. Don was honored in particular for his volunteer work in visiting Irondequoit's primary schools as part of IPD's Child Safety Program.

The Chamber's Immediate Past President Fred Squicciarini gave a warm introduction to Don, who graciously thanked his family. Don's wife Mary, son Christopher, and daughter-in-law Amanda joined him at the podium.


The Beautification categories honorees were:

Best New Building – I-Square, Michael and Wendy Nolan, 420 Bakers Park.

Best Renovation – Whispering Pines Miniature Golf, 4353 Culver Road, Jim and Greg Papas, accepting the award with their wives, Diane and Diane.

Best Re-Purposed Building – Chipotle/Starbucks, 1495 East Ridge Road, owner Adam Westreich of the Brooklyn-based Tryad Group. Accepting on Adam's behalf was Peter Wehner, AIA LEED-AP with Passero Associates.

Best Landscaping – Genrich's Garden Center, Florist and Greenhouse, 375 Cooper Road, Deborah Genrich. Accepting together were Deborah and daughters Heather and Stephanie Genrich.

We thank our generous event sponsors.

Immediate Past President Fred Squicciarini, Mike & Wendy Nolan, and President Rich Orczyk.
Immediate Past President Fred Squicciarini, Peter Wehner, and Board President Rich Orczyk.
Immediate Past President Fred Squicciarini, Heather Genrich, Stephanie Genrich, Deborah Genrich, and President Rich Orczyk.
Immediate Past President Fred Squicciarini, President Rich Orczyk, Diane Papas, Jim Papas, Diane Papas, and Greg Papas.

Criteria for Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year and Beautification Awards


Person of the Year Criteria:

•Must be an Irondequoit resident.

•Must have demonstrated an outstanding level of service that has made a difference in the lives of others.

Please submit in writing, via US Mail or email, your nomination and explain why this person should be awarded the 2016 Person of the Year Award.

Beautification Categories:

•Best New Building

•Best Renovation

•Best Re-Purposed Building

•Best Landscaping

Please submit nominations via US Mail or email. *Please include high resolution photos whenever possible.*

Please send nominations to:

Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 67931
Rochester, New York 14617


Deadline for nominations is November 1.

Download a copy of this criteria.