Aurora — A longtime local businessman who passed away in September was named person of the year, and Imagine That Custom Embroidery & Screen Printing was named business of year Dec. 10 at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual holiday party at ThornCreek Winery & Gardens.
Blase “Buddy” Settecase operated Quality Landscaping & Garden Center for many years and was known to many as “the friendly man who sold Christmas trees on Route 43,” according to Chamber Executive Director Laura Holman.
“We lost a wonderful man in September, as Buddy spent his life dedicating himself to the values of hard work and loyalty,” she added. “Anyone who knew him recognized how much he valued his family, including his wife Irene, their four children and seven grandchildren.
“He was very generous with people in need, but he did not want recognition for his generosity. He was the true epitome of a civic and personal hero.”
Settecase lived in Aurora for 50-plus years. His wife and three of his children -- Tony and Nick Settecase and Nadine Hoffman -- accepted the award.
Meanwhile, Chris and Jamie Gentille, who accepted the business of the year award, purchased Imagine That in September 2010, and “have worked tirelessly to create a family- and community-centered company that specializes in personal service,” said Holman.
“Whether opening its doors to a grieving community [as when Aurora High School athlete Paulie McGhee died in a traffic accident in November 2011], sponsoring a fundraising Color Run or raising funds to support school programs such as the after-prom, Imagine That truly cares about Aurora.”