2019 Winner of the Donna Dallesasse Award
The Batavia Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the 2019 Donna Dallesasse Award winner is Holly Deitchman, communication manager for the Batavia Public School District 101.
Every year, the Batavia Chamber holds a Harvest Celebration to gather community members together to celebrate one Chamber member that has displayed an outstanding commitment and dedication to the Chamber’s mission, vision, and values. This member is recognized as the annual Donna Dallesasse Award recipient.
In his letter of nomination, Daniel Hoefler, currently a director with the Batavia Historical Society, touted her commitment to Batavia by her work with the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, Batavia Rotary and BATV.
“The growth of the Chamber, the work of the Rotary Charities, and expansion of BATV are a direct result of her enthusiasm, leadership and talents,” Hoefler wrote. “She devotes countless hours to the many organizations that she cares for.
“I must also note that in her position as the CEO, she participated in a focus group to help the Historical Society frame its message for the Depot Expansion effort,” he continued. “She helped with ideas regarding the potential of a visitor center that would showcase all that Batavia has to offer not only to visitors to our community but our citizens as well.”
Jessica McGrail, president of the board of directors for the Batavia Chamber of Commerce and owner of Dollar & Sense Bookkeeping, said that when the board was presented with the slate of nominees, Ms. Deitchman stood out as being most deserving.
“We (the board) chose Holly as the recipient because her genuine passion for the Batavia Chamber of Commerce brought it to the successful organization that it is today,” Ms. McGrail explained. “Not only was she passionate during working hours, but on many occasions would do things in her personal time that benefited the Chamber and its success.”
Prior to her employment at BPS 101, Ms. Deitchman served as the president and CEO of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce for over five years, leaving in June 2019. During her tenure, the Batavia Chamber of Commerce thrived, according to Margaret Perreault, current president and CEO of the Chamber.
“Not only did the Batavia Chamber of Commerce see unprecedented growth under her leadership, she brought dynamic networking and educational programming to the services we provide,” commented Ms. Perreault. “I think that if Donna were still with us, she would be pleased with this year’s recipient.”
As to Ms. Deitchman, she was “stunned” to learn she was selected for the Donna Dallesasse Award.
“Going back and reading the list of past recipients of the Donna Dallesasse Award was like reading through a list of people that I admire,” said Holly. “It makes me think about all of the wonderful steps those people took in support of our community.
“I can’t believe I am going to be a part of that list now. Thank you for the honor,” she continued. “I am so surprised, and proud that you picked me!”
Besides her work with the Chamber, Holly has been a member of the Batavia Rotary Club since 2011 and recently relinquished her position as treasurer. She is a longtime supporter of Mutual Ground and the Women Build projects with Habitat for Humanity.
As someone who greatly values the business community, one of her special interests is to get the trades integrated into the classroom.
“I strongly believe that there is a place for Batavia grads in local businesses, especially in the areas of skilled trades and manufacturing,” stated Ms. Deitchman.
Ms. McGrail aptly conveyed the feelings of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce board of directors, the current staff and membership when she commented that, “she will forever be embedded in the growth, reputation and success this Chamber has experienced and for that we are grateful to her!”
This year marks the 13th year the Chamber has given the Donna Dallesasse Award. The public is invited to join Batavia Chamber of Commerce members in celebration of the contributions Holly Deitchman has made to the Chamber, and the greater community. This year’s Harvest Celebration will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 6 to 8 pm at Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Road in Aurora. The cost of the event is $30 per person and includes food, hayrides, fire pit, and more! A cash bar will be available. Flannel and jeans are the recommended attire. Registration for this event is required. Please call (630) 879-7134 or visit https://www.bataviachamber.org/events to register online.