GBCC names Coach Rowe Biz person of the year

— Doug Rowe has been recognized by the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce as the 2011 Business Person of the Year.

Over the past 17 years, Rowe and The Baldwinsville Girls Lacrosse Booster Club have molded their annual Star Spangled Girls Lacrosse Tournament into the top girl’s lacrosse tournament in the country. The economic impact of this annual tournament proves year in and year out to be the largest in the Greater Central New York area. This widely attended, weekend-long tournament generates significant revenue for all local commerce. It is difficult to put an exact number on the revenue generated, however, it is safe to say that every shop, eatery and hotel in town is full of girls wearing different color lacrosse jerseys that read Star Spangled Lax.

Revenue generated by this tournament is used by the Girls Lacrosse Booster Club to support the program throughout the year. In addition, the Baldwinsville girls’ lacrosse booster club makes donations to other Baldwinsville booster programs and local organizations that assist in this event. Clubs including the Baldwinsville boys’ and girls’ swim boosters, the Baldwinsville girls’ crew boosters, the Baldwinsville baseball boosters and the Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Department.

We are fortunate to have Coach Doug Rowe as a member of the Baldwinsville business community, said Anthony Saraceni, president of the GBCC.

“Doug’s entrepreneurial spirit and inspiration has provided the girls’ lacrosse program the resources necessary to become a nationally ranked program,” Saraceni said. “Every year teams from across the United States and Canada make the voyage to Baldwinsville to participate in the best girls’ lacrosse tournament in the land, The Star Spangled Girls Lacrosse Tournament.”

Saraceni has invited the community to join a celebration honoring Coach Rowe and his accomplishment as the 2011 Business Person of the Year. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at The Red Mill Inn, Baldwinsville. Call the chamber at 638-0550 for more information.

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