Boys & Girls Club, M&T and Greater Good Grocery Honored by Binghamton Chamber
The head of the Binghamton Boys and Girls Club is among the honorees at this year’s Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Community Thanksgiving Luncheon.
Marybeth Smith was awarded Non-profit Executive of the Year.
In addition to leading the Boys and Girls Club for 23 years and working for the organization for 38 years, Smith is a member of the Sertoma Club and been involved with the Security Mutual Life Jim “Mudcat: Grant All-Star Celebrity Golf Tournament that benefits a number of local charities in the area every year.
The Greater Good Grocery Store operated by the Broome County Council of Churches was recognized with the Community Advocate of the Year award.
The new store on the North Side of Binghamton finally brings fresh, nutritious groceries to what had been a “food desert” for years with the proceeds of food sales going back into the community.
And M&T Bank was awarded Corporate Citizen of the Year.
M&T has been a flagship sponsor for a number of performing arts programs in the region including the Endicott Performing Arts Center, Binghamton Philharmonic and Broome County Arts Council. The regional financial offices also support agencies like the United Way of Broome County, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and United Health Services. A recent contribution to UHS provided the ultra-cold storage freezers needed to store COVID-19 vaccines.
The Chamber annual Thanksgiving luncheon is held to give thanks for positive and inspirational events in the community over the past year.