Tonawanda News


November 10, 2009

BUSINESS: Chamber names Zupo its Citizen of the Year

Evelyn Zupo, an active member of the community as well as a creative fundraiser and volunteer in numerous non-profit organizations in the Tonawandas, has been named Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas.

In addition, Industrial Tool Sharpening Inc. has been named 2009 Business of the Year.

Both will be honored at a dinner at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at Banchetti by Rizzo’s, Amherst.

“Choosing just one person to be named Citizen of the Year is never an easy thing and this year was no exception,” Joyce Santiago, director of the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas said.

“Evelyn is one of the hardest working people I know,” Santiago continued. “She is so busy that I think even she was surprised when I began listing all of her volunteer efforts and how it added up. I know she doesn’t do it for the recognition but she definitely deserves to be honored.”

Zupo is a lifelong resident of the City of Tonawanda and 1978 graduate of Tonawanda High School.

Among her community activities are serving on the special events committee for the United Way of the Tonawandas and the Gateway Harbor concert series.

For the past four years, she has served on the board of directors of Zonta International, currently serving as vice president of the Tonawanda chapter. She is also on the board of North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels and the Riviera Theatre, where she serves as treasurer and a member of the Friends of the Riviera Theatre.

Zupo is a member of the events and membership committees of the Chamber of Commerce as well as a member of the Elks Lodge No. 860.

Her “real job,” as Zupo calls it, is banking officer and relationship manager at Key Bank in North Tonawanda.

“I feel so honored and I’m so proud to be part of this group (of former Citizens of the Year),” she said at the luncheon on Tuesday which honored her induction into the group.

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