CABI holds annual membership and holiday event

CABI presents a donation to the Canton Food Pantry: (L-R) Peter Shea, Paul Clark and Brian Mahoney.

CABI presents a donation to the Canton Food Pantry: (L-R) Peter Shea, Paul Clark and Brian Mahoney.

The Canton Association of Business and Industry held its annual holiday event and business meeting on December 7 at Blue Hill Country Club in Canton. Highlights of the evening included several award presentations. The award for CABI Business of the Year was given to Buffalo Lodging Associates — which had provided free office space, internet and phones to CABI for several years — and presented to its CEO, Ronald Kendall. The CABI Member of the Year Award was presented to Kristin Draper, president of Draper Knitting. CABI President Brian Mahoney congratulated both recipients on their hard work and dedication to the association.

Mahoney and Draper, who also serves as the CABI Donations Committee chairperson, presented a check for $6,000 to the Canton Food Pantry, represented by Peter Shea, and a check for $1,500 to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, represented by Tim Ronayne. The Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children was presented with a check for $2,000 at a later date. In her remarks, Draper announced that CABI donated over $22,000 to Canton organizations in 2017.

Enrique Montemayor, CABI Membership Committee chairperson, stated that there are currently 97 business and organizational members. He announced the following new members: Pearlie Mae’s Café, Wincrest Properties LLC, Mark Porter, Financial Planner (and member of the Canton Board of Selectmen), Martins Maintenance, Inc., Randolph Savings Bank, Scafidi Communications, Mazonson Law Office, Premium Printer Supplies, Cabot Risk Strategies and Reiser.

Mahoney presented trophies to the 13th annual Canton Road Race corporate winners: The Huntington Elementary School (first place), Computershare (second place), and Boston Mutual Life Insurance (third place). Gratitude was expressed to member City of Boston Credit Union for presenting the 2017 race and contributing $10,000 to help make it a great success.

The featured speaker for the evening was former Canton Selectman Victor Del Vecchio, who gave an impressive overview of the work of the Paul Revere Heritage Commission. The commission is interested in locating a restaurant at one of the historic buildings on the site, and if all goes well it could open by next September.

The business agenda concluded with Mahoney reviewing a pro-active CABI business agenda for 2018.

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