CHAMBER HOLDS ANNUAL DINNER & AWARDS: A large gathering at the Brenner Conference Room on January 9, 2012 turned out for the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting.
Before the awards, guest speaker Steve Grogan, the New England Patriots quarterback from 1975-1990, entertained the crowd with self-deprecating stories of his adventures as a professional football player.
At the time of his retirement, Grogan led the franchise as the all-time leader in passing yards (26,886) and passing touchdowns (182). He is currently third lifetime in passing yards and passing touchdowns behind Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe. His 16 seasons are the most ever for a Patriots player.
Grogan light-heartedly compared himself with current Patriots QB Tom Brady.
"I was a fifth rounder out of Kansas State, Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett got hurt and I played much sooner than expected. The same thing happened with Tom, with Drew Bledsoe," he said. "But there are three major differences between Tom and myself. I didn't win three Super Bowls; I never made 15 million dollars a year; and my wife didn't make twice what I made modeling underwear."
Grogan currently owns the Grogan/Marciano Sporting Goods Store in Mansfield. He predicted a Patriots win against the Broncos in the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs this weekend, and that they would face Baltimore in the AFC Championship.
Awards were presented to Cindy Pazyra (Volunteer of the Year); Fred Yaitanes and Nadine Israel of the Fred & Nadine Real Estate Team (Business Persons of the Year); and Randolph Savings Bank (Business of the Year).
An award was also given posthumously to the late David Parsons of Malcolm & Parsons Insurance Agency, accepted by his sister, Amne. David , after a battle with cancer.
Pazyra chaired the (The Memory Room fundraiser), and has served on numerous town committees, from the food pantry fundraisers to the . She is also an elected Town Meeting member and Chamber Board member.
Yaitanes (also a Chamber Board member) and Israel serve on a number of Chamber committees, and conduct fundraisers for the food pantries every year.
The Randolph Savings Bank's hosts the , which features many business cards and brochures. RSB President Jack Doyle, and bank managers Beth Snell (a Chamber Board member) and Maria Pimental, accepted the award.
Crimmins served as emcee for the evening. Presenting the awards were Stoughton Chamber Chairman Chris Petrie and Massachusetts State Representatives Lou Kafka (D-Stoughton) and Bill Galvin (D-Canton).
Faces In the Crowd: FinCom member and School Committee candidate Dr. Erdem Ural; Selectman candidate and Attorney Robert O'Regan; N.E. Sinai President Dr. Judy Waterston; Copley at Stoughton president Steve Tyer; Old Colony YMCA CEO Vinnie Marturano; and Stoughton Veteran's Agent Mike Pazyra (hubby of the volunteer of the year).
The festivities were taped by videographer Evan Schneider and should be up on You Tube sometime soon. We'll share the link as soon as it’s available.
Also addressing the crowd: Stoughton Police Executive Officer Robert Devine, who is the Acting Police Chief, filling in for who is participating in an elite FBI training academy in Virginia; and Stephanie Patton, the new Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator for (Organizing Against Substances in Stoughton).
Kudos were given to Chamber Executive Director Terry Schneider and Membership Director Joanne Schneider for their efforts at the event.
FREE MOVIE TONIGHT! Czech Dream documents one of the largest consumer hoaxes in modern history. Filip Remunda and Vit Klusak, two of Eastern Europe's most promising young documentary filmmakers, set out to explore the psychological and manipulative powers of consumerism by creating an ad campaign for something that didn't exist.
The campaign (designed by a renowned advertising agency) involved television and radio spots, 400 illuminated billboards, 200,000 flyers promoting the “Ceske Sen” (Czech Dream) hypermarket and brand products, an advertising song, a website, and advertisements in newspapers and magazines. When over 4,000 people turned up on the “opening day” in May of 2003, they arrived at a green field where, instead of a hypermarket, they found just the dream hypermarket's façade.
Czech Dream is a funny and provocative look at the effects of rampant consumerism on a post-Communist, globalized society, and an early example of “reality-based” documentary production, It is sure to get you thinking about the effects of advertising and marketing in our own lives.
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