Chamber dinner to honor Bangor-area leaders

Posted Jan. 19, 2010, at 7:13 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — More than 750 individuals are expected to attend the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 awards dinner tonight at the Bangor Civic Center.

The crowd would be the largest in the Chamber’s 99-year history.

The annual event will recognize several of the region’s most prominent business and community leaders.

Danny and Carla Lafayette of Hampden will receive the Norbert X. Dowd Award, the Chamber’s most prestigious honor, for their outstanding contributions to Greater Bangor’s economy and to its quality of life.

For more than 35 years, the Lafayettes have been one of the Bangor region’s most successful and entrepreneurial business couples. As leaders in the hospitality business, the Lafayettes have built a chain of 27 hotels in Maine and in other states. In addition, they have been generous in support of the region’s health care needs, educational institutions and youth activities.

The Lafayettes’ hotels include Best Western Black Bear Inn & Conference Center in Orono, the Bar Harbor Hotel and Bluenose Inn in Bar Harbor, the Best Western Senator Inn and Spa in Augusta and the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.

Other award recipients include:

• Bangor Savings Bank, Business of the Year.

• Eastern Maine Medical Center, Not-for-profit of the Year.

• U.S. Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, Catherine K. Lebowitz Public Service Award.

• John I. Simpson of Bangor, Arthur Comstock Professional Service Award.

• Hilda Hutchins McCollum of Bangor, Community Service Award.

• Mark Wellman and Tori Britton, Entrepreneurship Award.

• State Rep. Emily Cain of Orono, Fusion’s FLAVA Award.

Established in 1911, the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce represents more than 800 member organizations, most of which are located within Bangor and the 20 surrounding municipalities.

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