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Ontario County Chamber of Commerce Holds Annual Dinner


Ontario County Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Dinner on Leap Day, Thursday, February 29 at Finger Lakes Community College.

More than 200 attendees enjoyed a cocktail hour, buffet dinner, silent auction, photo booth and live music.

The evening’s highlight was the recognition of the 2024 Lifetime Achievement, Business and Nonprofit of the Year Awards.

This year’s recipients were:

  • Daniel Fuller, owner of Bristol Mountain & Roseland Waterpark, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award recognizes his tremendous contributions to Ontario County both as an employer and community advocate.

Fuller, who has owned Roseland Water Park for 20 years and Bristol Mountain for more than three decades, works tirelessly to support regional tourism.

During his acceptance speech, Fuller recognized the legacy of those in our community who have come before him and worked alongside him for the success of our community. He also thanked his family for their enduring support both on and off the mountain.

    Photo Credit: Gabrielle Plucknette-DeVito
  • Finger Lakes Animal Hospital received the Business of the Year Award (fewer than 25 employees).

The award honors a Chamber member that demonstrates an exceptional commitment to the economic vitality and success of their community.

Finger Lakes Animal Hospital has been part of the community for more than 70 years and supports the community in many ways, including donating to high school sports programs and working with shelters to help with spay/neutering programs.

Photo Credit: Gabrielle Plucknette-DeVito
  • Ashton Place Senior Living, in Clifton Springs, received the Business of the Year Award (25+ employees).

The award honors a Chamber member that demonstrates an exceptional commitment to the economic vitality and success of their community.

Ashton Place, which is celebrating their 25th year of service to Ontario County seniors, is family owned and operated.

Executive Director Kevin Christiano is the third generation in his family to work in senior living/nursing home care.

While accepting the award for Ashton Place, Christiano emphasized the longevity of his team; many of the employees have been with the facility for more than 10 years, a credit to the workplace culture within Ashton Place.

He also recognized his team for their 24/7 commitment, providing care for their residents.

Photo Credit: Gabrielle Plucknette-DeVito
  • UR Medicine Thompson Health received the Nonprofit of the Year Award, which honors a Chamber member demonstrating exceptional commitment to supporting local communities and residents.

UR Medicine Thompson Health President and CEO Michael F. Stapleton Jr. accepted the award on behalf of the organization, which has been a fixture in our region for 120 years.

Stapleton stressed the health system’s significant growth over the last five years and his appreciation for the Thompson Health team and the greater Ontario County community. With 2,050 associates, UR Medicine Thompson Health is the county’s largest employer.

For more information about the Ontario County Chamber of Commerce, visit www.ONChamber.com.

Photo Credit: Gabrielle Plucknette-DeVito
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