Diane McCarthy is the Stowe Business Person of the Year.
McCarthy, owner of McCarthy’s Restaurant, collected the award at the Stowe Area Association’s annual membership dinner, held June 16 at the Town & Country Resort.
Her selection prompted a standing ovation from the more than 150 people at the dinner.
McCarthy opened her restaurant in the mid-1970s, and has run it successfully for more than 30 years — most of those years as a single mother with three children.
Today, McCarthy’s is a Stowe landmark for breakfast and lunch, and has come to define what St. Patrick’s Day is in Stowe.
McCarthy is well-known as a person who wants to do good things for the community, while staying in the background.
Chuck Baraw, president of the Stowe Area Association board, called McCarthy “an unsung, extraordinarily generous member of the Stowe community. … Diane is always interested in what you are doing rather than what’s happening in her life, and seeks to avoid any recognition for her acts of kindness and generosity.”
Among her many contributions to the community: annual sponsorship of the NordicStyle Relay of Life, provider of a weekly luncheon for residents of West Branch Apartments, continuous donations to North Country Animal League, and an annual Green Ribbon campaign supporter for the Stowe Weekend of Hope for cancer patients and survivors. Just recently, her restaurant hosted a wine-tasting to raise money for Blessed Sacrament Church in Stowe, to help restore murals and other artwork there.
Vermont Gov. James Douglas was guest speaker at the dinner. He praised the association’s efforts, and the unique qualities of Vermont that make it a sought-after tourism destination. The association gave the governor a framed print of Stowe, inscribed with a message of appreciation to him.