(From left to right) councilwoman Dina Thornton, council president Dennis Pone, Warren Fitzgerald of Merlin Industries (Large Business Award Winner), (in back) Scott Kent of Wawa (Impact Award Winner), (in front) Lori Danko of the HTEDAC (Event Chair), Kathy Rana of Jersey Girl Café (Small Business Winner), Mayor Kelly Yaede, Maria Remboski of The Jeremy Fund (Non-Profit Award Winner), Joyce Cantalice of Shop Hamilton (Maurice T. Perilli Business Volunteer of the Year Award), Martin Flynn (Hamilton Township director of economic development and technology) and Tom Mladenetz of the CYO of Mercer County (Mayor’s Dedication to Community Service Award).

Hamilton Township has announced the 2017 award recipients for the 42nd annual Hamilton Township Economic Development Distinguished Achievement Awards Celebration.

This year’s distinguished award recipients include:

  • Small Business Award — Jersey Girl Cafe
  • Large Business Award — Merlin Industries
  • Non-Profit Award — The Jeremy Fund
  • Maurice T. Perilli Business Volunteer of the Year Award — Joyce Cantalice
  • Mayor’s Beautification Award — The Stone Terrace by John Henry
  • Mayor’s Dedication to Community Service Award — CYO of Mercer County
  • Impact Award — Wawa

“Each year, our awards celebration is a way for our community to recognize the businesses and leaders who have so greatly contributed to our local economy in Hamilton Township,” Mayor Kelly Yaede said. “This year’s class of awards recipients has truly made a positive difference in our community, and I am looking forward to honoring them later this year.”

The annual awards dinner will take place on Thursday, Oct. 26 at The Stone Terrace by John Henry’s — located at 2275 Kuser Road, Hamilton — beginning with networking and cocktails at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.

“Our local businesses not only provide our residents with great services, they also help expand economic opportunities, provide jobs, support our school sports teams and local charitable efforts, as well as help improve our quality of life in Hamilton,” council president Dennis Pone said. “This annual celebration is a great way to simply say thank you for everything our local businesses and leaders do for our community.”

Tickets for the 2017 Hamilton Township Economic Development Distinguished Achievement Awards Celebration cost $65 per individual. Tickets may be purchased online at htedac.eventbrite.com. Checks can be made payable to the HTEDAC and sent to PO BOX 2926, Hamilton, NJ 08619.

Individuals interested in making reservations may call HTEDAC member Lori Danko at (609) 658-4105.