Six area businesses were honored at this year’s Newport Business Association annual meeting. Over 100 area businesspeople and their guests were on hand.
Kim and Peter Newberry, owners of Newberry Bros. Coffee and Bistro, were presented with the 2013 NBA Community Leadership Award. The Newberry’s community activities include hosting numerous events to raise money for local causes, and donating food to the Brighton Center.
The 2013 NBA Volunteer Award was presented to Lee Kinzer, co-owner of Newport Pizza. Kinzer’s volunteer activities benefited the American Legion, Brighton Center, Clifton Neighborhood, Hosea House, Newport Central Catholic, Newport Independent Schools and Newport Wildcats. Kinzer donated a total of $4,000 to these non-profit groups.
Kroger Marketplace - Newport received the 2013 NBA Business of the Year award. Gary Warden, the Marketplace Manager, accepted the award. In 2013, they donated 41,510 pounds of food to Brighton Center, which helped serve more than 400 each month. Kroger employees sponsored a family night at Brighton Center, serving a meal and planning activities for more than 50 families. They provided food and photos with Santa for a neighborhood Christmas party, and hosted a Christmas party for “Every Child Succeeds” families with young children – providing dinner, gift bags for children, and photos with Santa. Employees also provided a job shadow experience for two youth and attended a summer job fair and worked with youth on interviewing skills.
The NBA New Business of the Year award was presented to Chris Lane, owner of the Northern Kentucky Spotlight. This new business is committed to providing a first-class advertising tool, and has brought a significant contribution to the City by promoting timely monthly information, non-profit organizations, new business updates and spotlights, and entertainment opportunities.
Two businesses received Business Recognition Awards.
Accepting the award for the Newport Target store was Jacque Newman. Target provided 500 students with school supplies, back packs, prizes for the games, as well as picking the location, prep, setup and electricity for the National Night-Out Program. The Newport Target store also partnered with Brighton Center and donated 25,883 pounds of food to its pantry in 2013.
Also receiving a 2013 NBA Business Recognition Award was Remke Markets - Newport. Carla Baker and Connie Flynn accepted the award. Remke Markets partnered Brighton Center and collected food donations during the Holiday Season. 6,000 pounds of chicken were distributed to the pantry. In a promotion with Fox 19, 7,570 coats, blankets and other winter items were donated through various locations.
Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso administered the oath of office to the 2014 NBA officers and board members:
The evening ended on a light note, when Newport City Manager Tom Fromme presented NBA President Lynne Cole with a tiara, crowning her “Queen” of the NBA.