Treasurer Goldberg to Keynote Chamber dinner; Connolly to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Massachusetts State Treasurer and Receiver General Deborah B. Goldberg will deliver the keynote address at the Somerville Chamber of Commerce 72nd Annual Dinner & Powderhouse Awards on November 7th.    Jack Connolly of Wedgwood Crane & Connolly will be the recipient of the John W. Fitzgerald Lifetime Achievement Award and will be joined by Powderhouse Award recipients for business, economic and community excellence.

The dinner is the foremost annual gathering of local business, civic, and community leaders.  The Chamber is pleased to have Bunker Hill Community College as a major sponsor, along with East Cambridge Savings Bank which will be sponsoring the opening reception and Dash & Associates,  centerpieces.

Treasurer Goldberg is responsible for the state’s cash and debt management, unclaimed property, and chairs state boards and commissions, including the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the Pension Reserves Investment Management Board, the State Board of Retirement, Massachusetts State Lottery Commission, and the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust.  In 2015, she established the new Office of Economic Empowerment, the first of its kind in the country, and chairs its Economic Empowerment Trust Fund. Treasurer Goldberg is Senior Vice President of the National Association of State Treasurers and Board Member Emerita of Adoptions with Love.  A former businesswoman and local elected leader, she is a graduate of Boston University, Boston College Law School and Harvard Business School.

Jack Connolly is President & Owner of Wedgwood-Crane & Connolly.   Along with offering a variety of insurance lines, Jack has always exhibited an incredible devotion to Somerville and Davis Square.   A lifelong Somerville resident, he is a husband and the proud father of 3 daughters. Jack is a Boston College graduate and holds the distinction of being the longest serving alderman in Somerville history.

Joining Connolly will be Powderhouse Award recipients: Juliet, Excellence in Dining & Nightlife; Mernaysa Rivera-Bujosa, Distinguished Service; Victoria I, Distinguished Service; Somerville Media Center; Non Profit of the Year; RiverDog Daycare; Business Neighbor of the Year; Autonomous Marine Systems Inc., Green Business of the Year; Parkour Generations, Small Business of the Year; and Anthony Ciccariello, Excellence in Public Service.

The Chamber is Somerville’s premier business organization.  Led by a diverse and dynamic Board of Directors, it takes on issues that affect the local economy and advocates for business and community development.  The Chamber has been deeply involved with the redevelopment of Assembly Square and Union Square, the Green Line extension project, and planning and zoning issues in and around the Innerbelt, Davis Square, McGrath, and along Somerville Avenue and Broadway.  The Chamber’s Dining & Nightlife Group has been instrumental in the development of Somerville’s metropolitan appeal.   Throughout the year, the Chamber produces outstanding business community networking events such as the Business After Hours series and Taste of Somerville.

The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 7th at the Holiday Inn, 30 Washington Street.  Tickets are $100 per person for Chamber Members, or $800 per table of eight guests.  Non-member tickets are $150 per person, or $1200 for a table of eight guests.  Reservations are being accepted on the Chamber website  or by contacting Joanne Haley 617-776-4100,

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