WILMINGTON, MA — On Wednesday night, the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce awarded the Carmon Cunningham Business Legacy Award to Rick Lowe, owner of Tremezzo. Lowe was recognized for both his business’s success and generosity to the community over the past four years.
Nominations for the award were solicited from Wilmington and Tewksbury business owners and residents.
“Besides having an amazing restaurant, Rick continually employs high school kids,” wrote one individual. “He contributes to Wilmington charities. In November, for example, he reached out to Paula Borges-Stalker, who runs a shelter and safe house. He asked if he could donate turkeys and then purchased ALL the toys off her wish list for children she serves. He also posted on the Wilmington Community Board on Facebook asking anyone who needed help at Thanksgiving to reach out. On Christmas Eve, last minute, he prepared a meal for a family who suffered a recent lost and did not charge a thing. The list goes on and on.”
“Rick and his staff give back to the community by holding fundraising events that benefit local groups in Wilmington,” wrote another individual. “Rick also donates his time and food to those in need. Tremezzo has embedded themselves into the fabric of Wilmington since day one of the restaurant’s opening. I am proud of the way that Rick has demonstrated that giving back to Wilmington is a priority for him and his staff.”
Rick was presented the award by last year’s winner, Mike Champoux.
“Rick lives in a neighboring community, but he’s embraced Wilmington. He hires Wilmington kids. He gets to know people by their first names. Rick is an exmpletary business member of this community,” said Champoux. “So many teams come and have their banquets here. BNI, a business networking group, is hosted here. The Rotary Club is hosted here. So many organizations call Tremezzo home, and that’s because of the hospitality of Rick and his family and his staff.”
About The Award
Before his untimely passing in 2016, Carmon Cunningham was the owner of the successful Cleaner Spot Dry Cleaners and Tailor at Wilmington Crossing. Carmon had been a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors for five years, serving as the President in 2013 and 2014. Carmon was also very involved in a host of community and business organizations and charitable endeavors. He very well liked and respected by all he interacted with.
The Carmon Cunningham Business Legacy Award is presented each year at (or around) the Chamber’s Annual Meeting to an individual who (1) has achieved exceptional business success in his/her lifetime and (2) inspires, is innovative and makes an impact in Wilmington and Tewksbury communities, leaving a legacy of community and economic vitality for generations to come.
The award is given to a Chamber member who embodies similar characteristics of the late Carmon Cunningham. Therefore, the recipient must be encouraging, supportive, maintain a positive attitude and cheerful disposition, while bringing life and energy to the community. The recipient must also have an incredible work ethic and provide a positive atmosphere in the workplace.
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