Tonawanda News — Denef is also an Elks Lodge member and volunteer and has served as a member of the community advisory panel for 3M, FMC, DuPont and Ashland Chemical.
“He is always willing to help,” Santiago said.
And Painters Plus Home Decorating, Inc. has won the Business of the Year award. Opening its doors in 2001, the business is known for being a great employer as well as giving back to the community.
“Our community has been really good to us,” owner Jesse Gooch said. “It’s our way of giving back.”
Painters Plus holds a program called Project H.O.P.E., which stands for Helping Others Paint Exteriors. The program was started in 2011 and for the past two years, the business has painted individuals’ homes free of cost.
“Last year it was a disabled veteran,” Gooch said.
And this year, they painted the home of a 90-year-old woman, Jane, who had just moved into her home and had to replace both her roof and furnace unexpectedly.
“She had just lost her husband, too,” Gooch said.
So, in just a few hours, volunteers from the company painted her home.
“She was just ecstatic,” Gooch said.
All three award winners were quite humble about their accomplishments and were shocked when they heard the news.
“I was just completely surprised by it,” Piorkowski said. “I never expected anything like it.”
Members of the community are invited to come to the dinner Wednesday and honor the three award winners. The cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., with dinner beginning at 7 p.m. Call the Chamber of Commerce at 692-5120 to buy a ticket.If You Go: WHAT: Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas awards banquet WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday WHERE: Banchetti By Rizzos, 550 N. French Road, Amherst TICKETS: $35 per person by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 692-5120 DINNER: Choice of steak, chicken saltimbocca, swordfish pescatore, vegetarian pasta primavera Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.