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  • Oak Park - River Forest Chamber of Commerce Announces 4th Annual Business Spotlight Award Winners

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    October 28, 2019
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
     
    OAK PARK, IL -
    The Oak Park – River Forest Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners for the 4th Annual Business Spotlight Awards, held Tuesday, October 15th, at the Nineteenth Century Club.  The event, hosted by the Chamber’s Immediate Past President Robert Stelletello, featured award presenters Cathy Adduci, Village President of River Forest; Senator Don Harmon; State Representative Camille Lilly; and Bruce Elegant, President and CEO, Rush Oak Park Hospital, and drew nearly 250 attendees representing top local business and government leaders.
     
    Local residents and loyal customers nominated businesses and organizations in each of six categories. Led by co-chairs Jonathan Biag (Escape Factor) and Gary Longstein (Allstate Insurance - Oak Park), the committee poured over 350 nominations, representing 180 businesses/organizations, ultimately choosing 10 finalists in each category and six winners:
     
    Community Character 2019 Spotlight Award Winner:  Wonder Works Children’s Museum
    Customer Experience 2019 Spotlight Award Winner:  CAA The Hearing Place
    Excellent Eats 2019 Spotlight Award Winner:  Wild Onion Tied House
    Local Legend 2019 Spotlight Award Winner:  The Day Nursery
    New & Notable 2019 Spotlight Award Winner: Poke Burrito
    Small Business Superhero 2019 Spotlight Award Winner: Palmgren Acupuncture
     
     “Winners were a closely-guarded secret until the evening of the event,” said Chamber President Mike Lavery, “this was our fourth year presenting the Spotlight Awards and we’re always amazed at the enthusiasm of our community when it comes to our local businesses.”


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    The 4th Annual Business Spotlight Awards recognizes and celebrates businesses and community organizations across six categories of leadership. The program is open to all businesses in the Oak Park, River Forest and surrounding communities. Category winners receive laudatory press and complimentary marketing, as well as a one-year free membership to the Oak Park – River Forest Chamber. 
     
    Winner Quotes:
     
    From Lynn Palmgren, Palmgen Acupuncture, named the 2019 Spotlight Award Small Business Superhero:  “This Chamber is so special to us and really helps small businesses like us grow. We're so grateful to be named the Small Business Superhero this year. It's a great honor for us to win after being nominated for the last three years. We'd like to thank to our patients, employees, and Chamber staff and board for helping us along the way! Every day of the week we strive to save the day for our patients so they can live fuller, healthier lives.”  
     
    From Cynthia Chow, owner of CAA The Hearing Place and winner of the 2019 Spotlight Award for Customer Experience:  “Our team at CAA The Hearing Place feels incredibly honored to be recognized for providing outstanding customer experience. We specialize in treating all aspects of hearing health and pride ourselves on delivering personalized care; making sure each treatment is tailored to our patient’s unique hearing and lifestyle needs. We appreciate the support from our patients as we continue to grow in the OPRF community. We are HERE to help you HEAR.
     
    For photos, videos and background about this program, visit our Spotlight Awards event homepage: https://www.oprfchamber.org/spotlight-awards.
    Contact:
    Janice Moskoff, Special Events Manager
    708.613.0550