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March 29, 2013

Award winning

Business association recognizes local achievers

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Barge Canal Optimist Club was recognized as the Local Service Club of the Year. President Audrey Jex and member Peggy Allen said the group was humbled by the honor.

“These ladies work hard,” Jex said.

One of the reasons the Barge Canal Optimists were recognized was the group’s annual golf tournament, Tee Off Against Breast Cancer. The event is a major fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen of Western New York organization.

Allen said the Optimists are also very active with the city’s youth, such as the Just Say No program for schools. Just Say No has been running for 22 years, since the club first started. The Barge Canal Optimists are one of the few such all-women organizations in the country, Allen and Jex said.

2013 LOCKPORT BUSINESS ASSOCIATION AWARD WINNERS • Business Persons of the Year: Kim and Mark Watson, Mantelli Trailer • Business of the Year: Basil Toyota • Community Support Person of the Year: Lockport Community TV • Local Service Club of the Year: Barge Canal Optimist Club • Lifetime Achievement Award: David Kinyon

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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