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Tosa Chamber Presents Its Annual Awards

Salvation Army, Radisson Hotel and Friends of Hoyt Park and Pool are this year's recipients.

The presented the winners of its annual awards Thursday night at its Annual Meeting and Social at the Radisson Hotel.

The awards recognized leaders in three areas of service, business leadership and community involvement. This year's winners are:

Regional Impact: The Salvation Army

The was presented with the Regional Impact Award in recognition of its presence and commitment to the Milwaukee region with 84 programs created to address specific needs.

As a leader within its industry for its efforts to resolve homelessness, the Salvation Army has been in Milwaukee for over 100 years. Headquartered in Wauwatosa, it employs 60 people in full- and part-time positions.

The Red Kettle Campaign, its largest winter program, raised over $2.5 million this season. The Salvation Army’s Feed the Kids summer meals program runs for 10 weeks, Monday through Friday, and provided 96,000 lunches last summer.

Small Business Community: The Radisson Hotel

Given to businesses having fewer than 100 employees and that have demonstrated the ability to impact the Milwaukee area, the Small Business Community Award was presented to the .

During the past year, the Radisson added 20 full- and part-time jobs; completed the addition of its new restaurant, Jimmy’s Island Grill & Iguana Bar; remodeled its fitness center; and completed renovation of 100 percent of its guest rooms. Its customer service scores have steadily increased and are above-average to outstanding in all categories.

General manager Rose Murack is actively involved in the business community and is a member of many business and service organizations, including the Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce, VISIT Milwaukee and Mayfair Rotary. The Radisson partners with the Ronald McDonald House and offers discounted room rates to families in need.

Civic Appreciation: Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool

In recognition of its commitment to enhancing the community through the tireless efforts of its volunteers, the Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce presented the Civic Appreciation Award to the Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool.

The FOHPP was launched in early 2006 by local residents who created a unique public-private partnership with Milwaukee County to establish a lease to build and operate the Tosa Pool at Hoyt Park. After five years of planning, fundraising and construction, the new pool restored the 100-year tradition of summer recreation to the area.

In its inaugural season, Tosa Pool at Hoyt Park welcomed more than 87,000 visitors. It created summer jobs for many high school and college students. The pool became the place where you could run into your neighbors and catch up with old friends. The Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool organization exemplifies the word “community.”

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