By Nell Escobar Coakley – firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted Mar. 20, 2014
Time to make the doughnuts? No, but it’s time honor those who do — and all the contributions they’ve made not only in Medford, but all the communities where they do business.
Earlier this month, the Medford Chamber of Commerce handed out its annual Executive Director’s Award to D’Alelio Management Company LLC, which owns 26 Dunkin’ Donuts franchises in the Greater Boston area.
The Business of the Year honor is given by the executive director to a business or individual who contributes to the chamber.
“The main reason I picked them is because they donate to the chamber whenever I ask,” said Executive Director Jodie Coyne. “All I have to do is call and they are always there to help out.”
Coyne said whether it’s a bingo night, a meeting or the Businesses Salute the Military luncheon in May, the D’Alelio family is always willing to lend a hand.
Mitzi Lawlor, who co-owns and runs the family business with her brothers, Gary D’Alelio and Ralph D’Alelio Jr., received the call from Coyne about this year’s award.
“Jodie called and for me, it was just another call and then she told me we had been selected for the award,” Lawlor said. “I was in absolute shock! There was silence and then I said, ‘Are you sure?’ and she said, ‘Yes, you do a lot for the chamber and we appreciate all you’ve done.’”
Lawlor said the reality is starting to sink in.
“It’s very moving,” she said. “We don’t do what we do for the community to get awards, but it’s very nice to be recognized for what we’ve done.”
One of the things the family does is host the annual military luncheon, which is held around Memorial Day.
“I called Jodie one day and asked her what we could do for the community and she said the military luncheon,” Lawlor said. “So we do that every year now. Last year, our dad came to the luncheon and we had given the chamber photos of him when he was in the Air Force.”
Lawlor said the idea of giving back is something that started with her mother, the late Helen D’Alelio who passed away in 2007.
“My mom started us in the business and she taught us to appreciate each other, our customers and the communities we were in,” Lawlor said. “She was the first one to say yes and give back to the community. She was always ready to ask where we could help and make a difference. That’s what I take most from her.”
Just last year, Helen D’Alelio became the first woman inducted into the Dunkin’ Donuts Hall of Fame.
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