November 27, 2014
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Rising above
Showing their stars

The Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce conducted its annual Rising Above the Rest awards ceremony Friday at the Sheraton Hotel. Mayor Scott Avedisian addressed the gathering where Chamber President Lauren Slocum read the qualifications of each recipient and chamber board Chair Leah Prata presented the awards. Recipients, their affiliation and their awards seated from left are: Kathy St. Jean Deats and Randy Deats of Dancin' Feeling, business of the year; Terri Abbruzzese, of PuroClean Disaster Restoration Services, chamber advocate; Nick Slocum of Slocum Realty/Slocum Insurance, young professional of the year; and Fabio Pari of NYLO Hotel, conquering adversity. Second row: Gil Lantini of the RI Small Business Journal, media person of the year; Adriana Dawson of the RI Small Business Development Center, business mentor of the year; Geoffrey Schoos of the RI Center for Law and Public Policy, not-for-profit business person of the year; Stephen Hinger of Drum Rock Products, Al Andrews Community Achievement Award; Jody King who led the drive to build the Warwick Station Nightclub Fire memorial, humanitarian of the year; Brenda Forsyth and Kate Lowther of Coastway Community Bank, volunteer of the year; and Leah Prata. (Warwick Beacon photo)

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