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Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB), a public-private entity, presented the “2014 Bring It Home Awards” to six residents for making the state a successful meetings, convention and major sports events venue.

The presentations were made during the awards ceremony at the Connecticut Conference on Tourism in the Connecticut Convention Center on Apr. 24.

“The Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau greatly values the initiative and support of area business and organizational leaders who contact their colleagues and association members within their industries, societies and professions to promote Connecticut as a future meeting destination,” explained Michael Van Parys, president, Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau.

“We also honor Connecticut residents who produce their own events in our state and work with our Bureau to make their projects even more successful. Attendees to meetings, conventions and sports events generate millions of dollars in revenue annually for Connecticut’s local economy by staying at hotels, dining in restaurants, visiting leisure attractions, shopping at retail establishments,” added Van Parys. “And their meeting planners contract for a variety of local services necessary to running a successful event.”

The 2014“Bring It Home Awards” were presented to these Connecticut residents:

  • Jacques Lamarre, director of communications and special projects at the Mark Twain House & Museum for coordinating a fundraiser for his attraction titled “Stephen King in Conversation with Colin McEnroe,” at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in July 2013
  • Jack McDonald, director of athletics and recreation at Quinnipiac University, for bringing the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four to Hamden, Conn. in March 2014
  • Carol P. Meredith, director of prevention services for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, for bringing the National Prevention Network-27th Annual Prevention Research Conference to the Connecticut Convention Center this September
  • Brian Cannone, for bringing “Fitness Atlantic” to Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre in April and for more than a decade before then
  • Norman K. Prevost, past president of the Southern New England Chapter (SNEC) of the Project Management Institute’s Region 3 Conference at the Hilton Mystic from May 30-June 2, 2013
  • John Henkel for bringing the German Shepherd Dog Club of America’s “2013 North American Sieger Show” to Bridgeport’s Beardsley Park in October 2013.
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