Southern Rhode Island’s 40 Brightest Stars Awards, produced as a joint effort by the Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce, the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce, the Charlestown Chamber of Commerce, the Block Island Chamber of Commerce, and So Rhode Island, are given annually to recognize 40 of the best and brightest individuals in the community who have consistently demonstrated excellence in their profession, as well as leadership, commitment, and service to the region.
The following are this year’s recipients:
1. Jeanne Abate, senior mortgage originator, Westerly Community Credit Union; 2. Renee Bailey, customer service representative, Savings Institute; 3. Martha Ball, Block Island Tourism Council; 4. Steve Brophy, owner, Brickley’s Ice cream; 5. Barbara Capalbo, co-Owner, Lighting & Design.
6. Meribeth Carcieri, manager, KC Shoes at the Pier; 7. Barbara Cardiff, co-owner of Villa Bed and Breakfast; 8. Linda Closter, Block Island nurse; 9. Ann Cook, vice president and branch manager, Washington Trust Company (Charlestown); 10. Peter Dandurand, owner/broker, Dandurand Real Estate.
11. Lori Delfosse, clinic integration and liaison, South County Hospital; owner, Eden Studio; 12. George Dodge, Blues on the Block; 13. Marguerite Donnelly, community member; 14. Patti DeWardener, co-owner, Yawgoo Valley Ski & Recreation; 15. Elizabeth Eckel, senior vice president, marketing and investor relations, Washington Trust Company.
16. Darlene Evans, co-owner, Padgett Business Services; 17. Linda Gagnon, information technology manager, AT&T; director of the Family Supper Table Neighbors Helping Neighbors; 18. Dawn Horstmann, Frosty Drew Nature Center; 19. Dr. Seychell Hoffer, owner/veterinarian, the Atlantic Animal Hospital and Wellness Center; 20. Steven J. King, managing director, Quonsett Development Corporation.
21. Jim LeDonne, general manager, Amalfi Catering; 22. Derek Lombard, vice president/director of human resources, Embrace Home Loans; 23. Pam Lyons, vice president, Ocean House Marina; 24. George McAuliffe, business manager, Mews Tavern; 25. Vanessa Miller, enrichment teacher, Narragansett Pier School.
26. Adrian Mitchell, caretaker, Block Island Nature Conservancy; 27. Megan Moynihan, partner, Oyster Works; 28. Robert Nadolillo Jr., president, Nardolillo Funeral Home; 29. Trysten Payne, chief, Block Island Fire Department; 30. Timothy Pelleccione, owner, Pelly’s Place.
31. Kirk Pickell, Narra-gansett Lions; 32. Ray Quinlan, co-owner, Hi Tech Profiles; 33. Perry Raso, owner, Matunuck Oyster Bar; 34. Andrew Robinson, Randall Realtors; 35. Donna Simmons, senior executive/general manager, the Ocean House; president, Watch Hill Memorial Library.
36. Lisa Sprauge, Block Island Rescue Squad; 37. Nick Stahl, executive director, Westerly Hospital Foundation/L&M Healthcare; 38. Lydia Teixeira, co-founder/vice president of finance, HTP Meds; 39. Howard Thorp, president, Thorp and Trainer; 40. Carrie Todd, ecumenical choir.
The celebration will take place at The Village Inn in Narragansett on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. Tickets are available for $60 each and may be purchased at any of the participating chambers. Corporate tables are also available for the event; the cost is $675 and includes nine tickets at a reserved table with one of the award honorees and a half-page ad for the honoree of your choice. Price includes dinner, awards ceremony and a live band.