Three Westonites among inaugural honorees of chamber’s First Citizen Awards

WW-CHAMBERA retired Weston lawyer and two Weston High School students will be among the honorees at the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural “First Citizen Awards” Banquet and Salute to outstanding current and future leaders in the Westport and Weston communities on Tuesday, May 21, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Inn at Longshore in Westport.

The First Citizen honorees to be recognized are Barbara Butler, director of Human Services for Westport since 1989, and Kenneth C. Edgar, retired attorney and Weston Citizen of the Year for 2012. Staples High School students, seniors Jacqueline Prager Devine and Corey Werner, and Weston High School senior Claire Cook and junior Matthew Proctor will each receive “Future First Citizen Awards.”

The event will include a cocktail hour, silent auction and dinner.

“The Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce is honored to present these awards to such capable and deserving citizens of our communities,” said Lisa Parrelli Gray, executive director and president of the Chamber. “We appreciate the assistance with the nominating process and selection provided by the first selectmen of Westport and Weston, the high school principals of each town and the Chamber board.”

First Citizen Honorees include one individual each from Westport and Weston who meet the following criteria: an admirable community leader who has held leadership positions in community based programs and organizations and is active in community, state or national organizations; a creative entrepreneur who might have started his or her own business or used creative skills to expand an existing business, or perhaps someone who has brought business insights to improve the quality of the community; an exemplary citizen who is respected and admired by colleagues, peers and community leaders and who volunteers to support the community; a praiseworthy philanthropist who actively participates in fund raising at a local or national level or makes significant contributions to local/state or national organizations.

The Chamber will also honor four high school students as Future First Citizens, a boy and girl each from Weston and Staples high schools who are demonstrating these qualities and positioning themselves as future leaders of their communities.

Jennifer Huisking, board chair, said, “This promises to be a wonderful evening and we hope the community will join us in honoring these special citizens. Proceeds from the event will enhance the ability of the Chamber to continue to connect business with our community, support local community organizations and advocate on behalf of our business partners on strengthening the relationship between government and business.”

Individuals, businesses and community organizations can support the fund-raiser by becoming a sponsor; being an underwriter or making an in-kind donation; purchasing a table or individual tickets; or donating a valuable auction item ($100 minimum value).

Individual tickets are $100. Early registration is $90 before April 30 or $85 for students. To register, donate a silent auction item, or become a sponsor, visit

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