Chester County Community Members Recognized with 2020 ‘Chester Awards’

Chester County Community Members Recognized with 2020 'Chester Awards'Photos courtesy of The Libertarian Party of Chester County, PA

CHESTER COUNTY, PA — Members of the Chester County community have been awarded with a “Chester” by the Libertarian Party of Chester County. The 2020 awards were presented to local politicians, business owners, and students recognized for outstanding efforts to benefit Chester County.

Vice-chair of the LPCC, Jacquelyn Crane explained the purpose of the awards. “The Libertarian Party of Chester County promotes both personal freedom and individual initiatives, and the Chester Awards are our way of celebrating those values within our local community. A Chester Award candidate is any individual, regardless of political affiliation, who has stood up for freedom or who has helped the people of our county without the aid of government funding.”

The award includes the explanation, “for demonstrating a commitment to Liberty and Volunteerism through contributions to the Chester County Community.”

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“Two of our recipients this year are members of the West Chester Borough Council, Donald Braceland and Bernie Flynn, who voted against the Mayor’s overreaching emergency orders last year. We believe that they were the only members of borough council who recognized the law as it pertains to the state constitution and our Bill of Rights,” explained Crane. “We wish more council members would educate themselves on the laws and the rights of their constituents.”

Local business owners also earned Chester Awards. Both John Brandt-Lee of Bar Avalon and Andy Gadelato of Gadeleto’s Seafood Market were recognized for their efforts in using their businesses to help local charities. Crane said, “The county’s businesses have had a very difficult year, and the way these owners stepped in to help the community, despite facing their own challenges, is worth commending.”

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The third group of Chester Awards went to local students. Aiden Nichols and Gavin Snyder, both from the West Chester area, received recognition for outstanding personal initiatives. “Both of these teens used creative Christmas light displays to earn funds for their charities of choice. Aiden collected over 1,200 pounds of food for the West Chester Food Cupboard, along with cash donations. Gavin focused on helping the Brandywine SPCA with well over $6,000 in collected donations.”

“The LPCC believe in protecting our individual liberties and supporting our community through personal initiatives, and the actions of these Chester Award recipients are aligned to core Libertarian values. Today, when so many are disappointed with the negativity of the major political parties, it’s more important than ever to find and recognize individuals living out our values and making Chester County a great place to be.”

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