Show your Support for Ethics: BBB Torch Awards Banquet Sponsorship Deadline Approaching

October 08, 2008

WORCESTER, MA - October 8, 2008 - Limited sponsorship opportunities for the 2008 BBB Torch Awards Banquet featuring Dateline NBC-s Chris Hansen still exist, but time is running out.  The BBB Torch Awards Banquet is an annual celebration of local businesses, recognizing two BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics winners, a BBB Student Ethics scholarship, and long-term BBB Accredited Businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries of their commitment to ethical business practices when joining BBB.  Hansen will deliver a timely address on "Protecting Yourself from Online Predators," educating audience members on avoiding scams and keeping teens safe on the Internet.  This year-s event will be held Oct. 29 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Worcester.

Hansen-s speech will be a highlight of BBB-s annual awards event, this year honoring Home Staff, LLC of Worcester and JM Remodeling of Webster with the BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, and Brendan Burke, a senior at Burncoat High School in Worcester, recipient of the BBB Student Ethics Award.  The program will also feature the WPI Jazz Ensemble, a cocktail hour, dinner, and a silent auction. 

There are several sponsorship opportunities at a range of financial levels, offering exceptional value and significant media coverage to sponsors in association with the event.  The deadline to sign a sponsorship agreement is Oct. 20.

Details on the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Torch sponsorship opportunities and reservation forms are available online at or by calling Rose LaFleur at 413-594-2163 Ext. 105.

The mission of Better Business Bureau is to promote and foster the highest ethical relationship between businesses and consumers, through voluntary self-regulation, business and consumer education and service excellence. BBB of Central New England, Inc. serves Central and Western Massachusetts and Northeast Connecticut with offices in Chicopee and Worcester.