Rome Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo will be presented with the 2022 Christopher P. Destito Tourism Leadership Award at Oneida County Tourism’s 37th annual meeting to be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Rome Capitol Theatre, 220 W. Dominick St.
Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. and Chris Destito Jr. will present the award.
- 5 p.m.: Hors d’oeuvres and local craft beverages catered by Delta Lake Inn; musical entertainment by the Opus Black Trio.
-6 p.m.: Oneida County Tourism Annual Meeting convenes.
-6:15 p.m.: Christopher P. Destito Tourism Leadership Award presentation.
-6:45 p.m.: Meeting adjourns; coffee and dessert catered by Copperccino’s.
Each year at its annual meeting, Oneida County Tourism awards the Christopher P. Destito Tourism Leadership Award, a recognition program honoring Oneida County individuals or businesses whose vision and commitment help make the region a remarkable tourism destination.
Honorees lead by example, take action on their ideas, and represent the very best of our community. OCT representatives said Izzo has been a leader in tourism for decades as a volunteer, business person and elected official.
With Chairman Chris Destito and members of a newly-formed committee of the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce, Izzo organized Rome’s first Honor America Days Celebration in 1984. She served on the Board of Directors of Oneida County Tourism from 1987 to 1990, chairing the board for three years.
First elected as mayor of Rome in 2015, Izzo continues to be a strong advocate for Oneida County’s tourism industry through the development and support of tourism projects throughout the city.
The inaugural award was presented in 2010 to RoAnn Destito in honor of Christopher P. Destito, posthumously. Chris Destito was a founding board member of the Oneida County Convention & Visitors Bureau, now Oneida County Tourism, establishing the bureau in 1984, subsequently spearheading legislation to create the occupancy tax which funds tourism promotion for Oneida County.
To commemorate his countless contributions to the tourism industry, the award has been named in his honor.
Previous honorees are:
2020: Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
2019: Robert Esche, Mohawk Valley Garden
2018: Joe Rizzo, Sylvan Beach
2017: The Matt Family, Utica
2016: Elizabeth Irons, Oneida County Public Market
2015: John Fehlner, Broadway Utica
2014: Gene Falvo, Adirondack Scenic Railroad
2013: Patrick Goodenow, Sylvan-Verona Beach Resort Association
2012: The Stewart Family, Sylvan Beach
2011: Mark Cherry, Radisson Hotel Utica Centre
2010: Christopher P. Destito, posthumously