USO Fort Drum Named Business of the Year by Greater Watertown-North County Chamber of Commerce

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USO Fort Drum recognized for service and commitment to troops and military families

USO Fort Drum Center Director Karen Clark accepts award

We always know that we have the community’s support through volunteers and donations, but to be recognized as a leader among our fellow local businesses and non-profits in the area really means a lot.

USO Fort Drum was honored last week by the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce as 2012 Businesses of the Year. In a ceremony held at the Black River Valley Club in Watertown, NY, five nonprofit and private businesses were recognized for their service to the greater Watertown community.

"We recognize leaders and strong businesses within our community,” said Lynn Pietroski, President and CEO Greater Watertown-North County Chamber of Commerce.

The Business of the Year Award is presented to a business able to demonstrate outstanding leadership and vision, successful performance and substantial growth, and able to serve as an inspiration to other businesses. The award is designed to recognize and reward a Jefferson County business that has invested in the region by creating economic success in the Greater Watertown area. Businesses are encouraged to apply directly for the award. In addition, other companies, chambers, and associations may nominate a business that meets the criteria.

USO Fort Drum, dedicated to lifting spirits of America’s troops and military families at Fort Drum and the surrounding communities, took home the top honor in the category of nonprofit organization with fewer than 50 employees. USO Fort Drum was chosen among many qualified nonprofits in the area for its commitment to the community, notably increasing their outreach in 2012 to serve more than 100,000 troops and military families, up from 65,000 in 2011.

"We always know that we have the community’s support through volunteers and donations, but to be recognized as a leader among our fellow local businesses and non-profits in the area really means a lot," said Karen Clark, Director of USO Fort Drum.

Nominees were judged by a committee who consider criteria like financial viability and community involvement to determine the winners. Other award winners included Transitional Living Services of Northern New York (nonprofit, over 50 employees); Westelcom (for profit, 50 or fewer); and Watertown Savings Bank (for profit, over 50) and announced by the chamber for the first time, the Entrepreneur of the Year Award went to American Real Estate NNY.


About the USO

The USO lifts the spirits of America¹s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: American Airlines, AT&T, Clear Channel, The Coca-Cola Company, jcpenney, Jeep, Kangaroo Express, Kroger, Lowe’s, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Procter & Gamble, and TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Worldwide Strategic Partners: BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation and TKS Telepost Kabel-Service Kaiserslautern GmbH & Co. KG. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this patriotic mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit

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