FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
YORK, PA – Downtown Inc will recognize businesses, organizations and individuals who have made a difference in Downtown York through their commitments of time, advocacy and resources during the 19th Annual Downtown First Awards Sponsored by The Glatfelter Agency.
This year’s Downtown First Awards will take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 28, at Logos Academy, 250 W. King St., York, Pennsylvania. Tickets cost $25 and are still available at www.DowntownYorkPa.com.
“Every year, this event shows that Downtown York is filled with boundless energy and wide-open with possibilities. It’s a place where creative thinkers and changemakers of all kinds thrive. It’s where good ideas can become great achievements,” said Elaine Bonneau, Director of Downtown Inc. “The Downtown First Awards give us a chance to pause and reflect on everything that has been accomplished over the past year. It gives us the chance to thank our community for not only its commitment to building a thriving downtown for everyone, but for putting plans into action to make it happen.”
Daniel Betancourt, President and CEO of Community First Fund since 1999, will serve as this year’s keynote speaker. He has more than 25 years of experience in small business and community economic development lending. Under his leadership, Community First Fund has grown into a regional Community Development Financial Institution that has more than $135 million under management.
Community First Fund has positively impacted several major projects in Downtown York, including the revitalization of several prominent Market Street properties, an expansion of a thriving charter school and many others.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for registration, with the awards ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. A reception with hors d'oeuvres, as well as complimentary wine and beer, will follow.
The Downtown First Awards will honor individuals, business and organizations in eight categories. Winners are announced during the Downtown First Awards. This year’s nominees are:
Outstanding Large Business – Presented by Susquehanna Real Estate
CORE Design Group
York Traditions Bank
Outstanding Small Business – Presented by Stock and Leader
GRIT Marketing Group
McCallister and Myers
The Evergreen Valley Group - Morgan Stanley
Outstanding New Business/Merchant – Presented by the York City Independent Restaurant Association
3 Hogs BBQ at Central Market
Fig & Barrel
Gift Horse Brewing Company
Klassy Kidz Hair Salon
Old Forge Brewery
Outstanding Merchant – Presented by CGA Law Firm
Collusion Tap Works
Gusa By Victoria
Mi Caldero Restaurant
Molly’s Courtyard Café
My Girlfriend's Wardrobe
The York Emporium
Outstanding Nonprofit Organization – Presented by the York Revolution
Give Local York
The Appell Center for the Performing Arts
The York County Convention & Visitors Bureau
York Young Professionals
Better York Appell Beautification Award – Presented by Better York
The City of York/Richard Craighead
The Rotary Club of York and its Preserve Planet Earth Committee
The York County Community Foundation
York Traditions Bank
Outstanding Individual within an Organization or Business – Presented by PeoplesBank
Alexandria Hammond Keener
Outstanding Volunteer – Presented by C.S. Davidson, Inc.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #213
Terry "Dutchie" Downs
Douglas “D.K.” Knight
Sarah Van Vleet
An affiliate of the York County Economic Alliance, Downtown Inc is THE organization working to drive, enhance and encourage investment in York’s central business district through economic development, promotions, placemaking and public safety. Downtown Inc is the trade name for a joint venture between the York Business Improvement District Authority and Main Street York, a 501(c)(3) not for profit. Visitwww.DowntownYorkPa.com for more information.
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