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Ole Award Winners Exemplify Confidence and Investment in Batavia

Jan 07, 2020 03:03PM ● By Anita Malik

Six Batavia businesses will be honored as 2019 Ole Award winners on Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Batavia Chamber of Commerce Inspire 2020 event. Businesses who had final city permits by September 1, 2019, were eligible. One other business will receive a Green Ole Award, a new award for this year.

The Ole honorees and the appropriate category for their award are:

  • New Construction – Industrial: Raddant Industrial Center, 1100 N. Raddant Road
  • Remodeling – Industrial: Alfagomma Aurora TF, LLC, 950 Douglas Road
  • Remodeling – Commercial: Bocaditos Café, 109 E. Wilson Street
  • Remodeling – Commercial: Dance Dynamics, 79 S. Randall Road
  • Remodeling – Commercial: Funway Entertainment Center, 1335 S. River Street
  • Remodeling – Commercial: Riverside Pizza & Pub, 142 W. Wilson Street

New to the award list this year is a Green Ole Award. The Batavia Environmental Commission proposed this annual award and fielded the applicants. They looked for those businesses who improved water quality and water conservation, were energy conscious, promoted healthy ecology, were more sustainable in their waste management, improved air quality and/or educated employees.

The commission chose Mill Creek Early Childhood Program, 510 South Batavia Avenue, as the recipient. According to Emma Cole, Batavia Environmental Commission member, the educational center’s extensive efforts in the environmental education of their young students stood out.

“Their program is one that promotes all things green and encourages young people to be stewards of the earth,” Ms. Cole explained. “Their educators are specifically trained on how to use nature for learning. Children in their programs learn to be aware of waste production and minimization, experience nature on a daily basis and eat food from an on-site garden.

“Mill Creek further promotes healthy ecosystems through the nurturing of a native plant garden on their premises,” she continued. “The Batavia Environmental Commission applauds the efforts of this exciting new business! We believe it is critical to raise future generations to appreciate and cherish nature daily.”

The public is invited to attend Inspire 2020 and honor the current generation of hard-working Batavia business owners.

Inspire 2020: A Celebration of Those Who Inspire Us! takes place on Thursday, Jan. 23, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Nagel Emporium at Marmion’s Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Road in Aurora. 

The awards presentation of the Citizen of the Year, Nannette ‘Nan’ Phillips; Spirit of Batavia, CHIP IN Batavia; Ole Award winners, and the Ambassador of the Year will follow a social reception.

General admission tickets for Batavia Chamber members cost $50, with non-member admission at $60. Reserved tables of ten are available. Please purchase tickets by Monday, Jan. 20. Online purchasing is available at, or call the Chamber office at (630) 879-7134. The price includes heavy appetizers and a champagne toast. A cash bar will be available. Cocktail or business attire is suggested.

For more information about the event or the awards, please call Margaret Perreault, president and CEO of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, or Patti Anselme, special events coordinator, at (630) 879-7134.

About the Ole Awards:

The Ole Award is an award started in 1976 by a group of people who had a love and passion for their community and wanted to promote the city of Batavia. The Ole Awards are given to businesses for significant improvement and investment either for new construction or for remodeling in Batavia. Winners of this award are ones whose investment enhances the city’s economic and aesthetic futures and provides interest and excitement for the entire community through investing dollars in their properties and buildings. The Ole Award derives its name from a traditional Swedish name, Ole, to honor the hard-working Swedish settlers that were among the first to call Batavia home.

About the Batavia Environmental Commission (BEC):

The mission of the Batavia Environmental Commission is to fulfill the role of environmental advisor, educator, and motivator to the city government and the community at large. The environmental commission is comprised of seven members and two city liaisons appointed by the mayor. Facebook:

About Batavia Chamber of Commerce:

A local business-centered organization, the Batavia Chamber of Commerce sponsors or is involved with several annual Batavia events; including the Annual Mayor’s Breakfast, Citizen of the Year/Ole Awards Event, and much more. Margaret Perreault is the President and CEO. Membership and information about Chamber and community events are available at or by calling (630) 879-7134.