Annual Awards Dinner Honors Irondequoit People and Places

Jan 31, 2017

Jack and Judy Herrema

On Friday, January 27, 2017, the Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce honored local people and places at our Annual Awards dinner at the Rochester Yacht Club. Though chilly 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.

Person of the Year - Jack Herrema

Mr. Herrema has been an Irondequoit resident for nearly six decades, joining the community after serving in the US Navy. He began his career as an employee and subsequent owner of Herrema's Food Market, located on Pattonwood Drive. He sold the food market in 2005, but continues to work there part-time. He is a member of the Canandaigua National Bank Advisory Board in Irondequoit, was a volunteer fireman for 14 years and is now a member of the Board of Trustees of the St. Paul Blvd. Exempt Fireman's Association, serves on the Board of Directors to Sunset House, and is a great supporter of the Irondequoit Public Library and Trustee-At-Large for the Library Board.

The Beautification categories honorees were:

Best New Building – Bill Gray's Restaurant, Seabreeze Tap Room, 4870 Culver Road.

Best Renovation – Taco Bell, 1605 East Ridge Road.

Best Re-Purposed Building – Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen, 1000 East Ridge Road.

Best Landscaping – Dreier Giltner Funeral Home, 1717 Portland Avenue.

We thank our generous event sponsors.


(l to r) Chamber Board President Rich Orczyk with Dan Gray, owner of Bill Gray's, and Charles Kelly, contractor on the Sea Breeze Tap Room. Award winner for Best New Building.
(l to r) Shawn Giltner and Alan Giltner, with Chamber President Rich Orczyk. Award winner for Best Landscaping.