BATAVIA – The Batavia Chamber of Commerce has announced that Kevin G. Drendel, attorney at Drendel & Jansons Law Group, is this year’s recipient of the Donna Dallesasse Award in honor of his commitment and dedication to the chamber’s mission, vision and values.
“Kevin is known in our community as the guy who always comes to save the day,” Harriet Parker, chair of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, stated in a news release.
Holly Deitchman, president and CEO of the chamber, has known Drendel for more than seven years.
“I first met Kevin when I was on the board at Batavia Access Television,” Deitchman stated in the release. “Kevin served as an adviser to our board and provided many services to us pro bono. He was so knowledgeable, approachable, and such a nice guy, and I am proud to announce him as the 2015 Donna Dallesasse award recipient. I was not surprised to find that Kevin also provided pro bono services to the chamber of commerce, along with serving on the board of directors.”
When told he was this year’s recipient, Drendel was surprised.
“I was honestly surprised when Harriett told me,” Drendel said in the release. “There are a lot of people who devote a lot of time and energy to the community. I am honored to be considered. I have always followed my father’s lead. He was devoted to the community and proud to give his time and energies to make the local community a better place. I had a great example to follow.”
Drendel not only serves the Batavia Chamber of Commerce and BATV, but he also serves other charitable and community organizations, such as the Goodwin Elementary School PTA, the Jewel Middle School PTO, Latinas on the Plaza for Latina business women and Fox Valley Food for Health.
Drendel recently ended his term on the Batavia Chamber of Commerce Board.
“I will be giving more time to the Fox Valley Music Foundation, the Discovery Bible Project and the Crossway Chapel, where I attend church,” Drendel said.
He is married and a father of six.
The public is invited to join Batavia Chamber members in celebration of the contributions Drendel has made to the organization and the community as a whole. This year’s Harvest Celebration will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Marmion’s Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Road, Aurora.
Cost to attend the event is $25 a person and includes food, an open bar, corn maze, hay rides, a fire pit and more. Flannels and jeans are recommended attire. Registration for the event is required.
Call 630-879-7134 or go to the Batavia Chamber’s website at www.bataviachamber.org to register.