For Immediate Release
Westport CT – May 22. The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Ken Bernhard, Senior Partner at the law firm of Cohen & Wolf, and Lori Cochran-Dougall , Executive Director of the Westport Farmers Market will be this year’s First Citizen Award recipients.
“We have selected a fine and admirable mix of awardees this year,” said Matthew Mandell, Executive Director of the Chamber. “Each year the board looks for one nonprofit and one traditional business person and these dedicated individuals stood out and represent what is best in our town for their work ethic, generosity and how they approach business.”
Mr. Bernhard, is not only a fine lawyer, having served as both Westport and Weston’s Town Attorney and as a State Representative, but his work in the volunteer arena is truly impressive. From helping to raise guide dogs for the blind, to aiding Syrian refugees in Jordan and ensuring the indigent have shoes to wear, Ken is truly one of the selfless people in our community who deserve to be recognized .
“The Chamber has graciously nominated me for an award for participating in public endeavors that bring their own fulfillment but for which I am most grateful,” said Bernhard. “Thank you. I look forward to a lovely evening with friends.”
Ms. Cochran-Dougall has made a weekly event a beloved happening. As head of Westport’s Farmers Market she has made it, not just about the business of selling wonderful produce and organic goods, but a place to meet, learn and have lunch. Her expertise is now sought out and she consults on food advocacy issues in Hartford and Capitol Hill.
“Receiving this award is an honor on so many levels especially coming from the Chamber of Commerce who is a core component of our community,” said Cochan-Dougall. “Westport embraces people who are willing to try something new and I am a solid example of your support. I am truly grateful for having the privilege to serve our community and the acknowledgement of my commitment and hard work.”
The keynote speaker this year will be Susan Bysiewisz, the 89th Lieutenant Governor of the State of Connecticut, having previously served as the Secretary of State.
Also receiving awards will be four “Young Entrepreneurs,” Ryan Felner, Lilly Gargone, Garrett Meyerson and Brianna Zeiberg seniors from Weston and Staples High Schools, for their efforts in creating new and intriguing business ventures.
“What a wonderful group of innovative kids, they truly embody the entrepreneurial spirit,” said Barbara Reynolds Chairman of the Board of the Chamber. “They have executed at a higher level and deserve these accolades. Congratulations to all.”
The gala dinner is to be held on Wednesday June 12th
at the Westport Inn. Tickets for the gala dinner are available through the chamber and cost $80 per person. Tables of 10 are also available. Information can be found at www.westportwestonchamber.com
Matthew Mandell firstname.lastname@example.org 203-227-9234