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Van Rensselaer Awards Ceremony

Friday, January 21
10:20 pm - 10:20 pm
4:00 p.m. Virtual Awards Ceremony
Virtual Event , Video Presentation Awards Ceremony
Free to view/virtually attend; $25 Charcuterie & Cheers To-Go Package Available

2020 Van Rensselaer Virtual Awards Ceremony

A ceremony honoring outstanding examples of philanthropic giving and citizenship.

For more than 25 years, the Chamber has recognized businesses that invest in the economic, cultural and humanitarian advancement of the Rensselaer County region by bestowing the Van Rensselaer Awards and the Edward H. "Ebbie" Pattison Citizenship Award, recognizing an individual who demonstrates good citizenship and a community-centered spirit.

This year, we will be honoring each of our award recipients in a new, virtual video format, free for all Chamber members to view and attend. 

Attending the Virtual Awards Ceremony is free for all Chamber Members!

Click Here to Register For the Virtual Ceremony.


'Charcuterie & Cheers To-Go' Package:

Charcuterie To-Go Box Order Deadline: 3pm on Monday, October 26, 2020


In addition, we are offering a $25 'Charcuterie & Cheers to-go' package to all members. The package includes a delicious arrangement of assorted cheeses, nuts, cured meats, olives, dried and fresh fruits, crackers and champagne (non-alcoholic beverage available) to enjoy during the awards ceremony! The package will be available for pick-up the day of the virtual awards ceremony, Thursday, October 29.

Watching the virtual ceremony with your team in a small watch party? Let us know, we can accommodate with a Charcuterie platter, instead of individual to-go boxes. 

Note: Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions as we are able to customize the Charcuterie to-go boxes.  

All members who purchase the package will automatically be entered to win a $500 advertising package for your organization to use with the Chamber in 2021!

Click here to register and reserve your 'Charcuterie & Cheers to-go' package.


Pick-Up Information:

All 'Charcuterie & Cheers To-Go' Packages will be made available for pickup anytime between 12 - 3pm on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at Hilton Garden Inn, Troy - 235 Hoosick Street, Troy, NY 12180. 

Enter the hotel on the ground floor level. The pickup table will be located straight ahead as you enter the hotel, against the Water Wall. 

Upon pickup, provide your name and business to the Hilton Garden Inn staff member and they will provide you with your to-go package. 

Questions? Contact Rachael Murray at [email protected]


Our 2020 Van Rensselaer Award Recipients:

Callanan Industries is the recipient of the Van Rensselaer Corporate Award. Callanan is a leading supplier of paving materials and construction services in New York State. They provide a complete range of high quality aggregates, asphalt paving, and ready mix concrete products to state, federal, municipal, commercial, and private customers. With a corporate office in Albany, they also have offices conveniently located across the state to provide the services and materials for any construction project. They strive to consistently uphold their mission of being a cost competitive, high quality producer of construction materials and services, providing customer satisfaction through a motivated workforce empowered to meet customer needs, safely. 

Troy Web Consulting is the recipient of the Van Rensselaer Small Business Award. Formed in 2002, Troy Web Consulting began as a small group of software developers with a passion for rapid application development tools. Since then, Troy Web Consulting has helped hundreds of companies (including the Chamber!) and has built a culture of success and authenticity that has been recognized as a Best Place to Work by the Albany Business Review. Troy Web Consulting has achieved its success by attracting a diverse group of talented, energetic, business-savvy designers, developers, project managers and consultants who want to work on innovative, leading-edge products. 

Kathy Jimino is the recipient of the Edward H. Pattison Citizenship Award. Jimino was appointed and then elected Rensselaer County Executive in 2001. She later ran unopposed and was re-elected in 2005, 2009, and 2013. In 2017, Jimino announced she would retire and not seek re-election. Prior to her appointment as Rensselaer County Executive, Jimino served as commissioner of the Rensselaer County information technology department, budget director for the City of Troy, city manager for the City of Troy, principal analyst for the New York State Senate Finance Committee, and assistant director for the Office of Budget Studies for New York State.Born and raised in Troy, Jimino attended Catholic Central High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Siena College and a master’s degree from SUNY Empire State College. Jimino currently serves on the board of directors of the Commission on Economic Opportunity, The Arc of Rensselaer County, St. Peter’s Health Partners and WMHT. She previously served as co-chair of the Center for Economic Growth’s Local Government Council, and she was on the board of directors of the New York State Association of Counties and the National Association of Counties.

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