2011-12-10 / News

Dufina Receives Island Tourism Bureau Award


Ron Dufina is the first to receive Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau’s lifetime achievement award. The Mackinac Island and St. Ignace businessman was recognized by his colleagues for his years of work promoting travel and tourism for the Island during the organization’s annual Mackinac Night Sunday, October 16. 
(Photograph courtesy of Andrejka Photography) Ron Dufina is the first to receive Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau’s lifetime achievement award. The Mackinac Island and St. Ignace businessman was recognized by his colleagues for his years of work promoting travel and tourism for the Island during the organization’s annual Mackinac Night Sunday, October 16. (Photograph courtesy of Andrejka Photography) Mackinac Island and St. Ignace business owner Ron Dufina was recognized for his efforts and contributions to tourism with a lifetime achievement award from the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau.

“Ron’s contributions to tourism on Mackinac Island have spanned five decades and helped shape the Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism Bureau,” said board member Todd Callewaert. “His life is filled with examples of his commitment, not only to the industry, but also to his family, friends, and colleagues. He is an integral part of the travel and tourism industry on Mackinac Island and paved the way for all of us doing business here. His dedication is unsurpassed.”

Mr. Dufina received a standing ovation from those attending at the organization’s annual Mackinac Night at The Gate House restaurant Sunday, October 16.

Mr. Dufina and his wife, Mary, own the Balsam Shop on Main Street and have operated the Village Inn restaurant on Mackinac Island for about 30 years and the Village Inn restaurant in St. Ignace. He has been a long-time chairman of the chamber of commerce and tourism bureau membership committee, has served on the Michigan Restaurant Association board, has served on the city’s Board of Public Works for 19 years, and has been elected the city supervisor for 29 consecutive oneyear terms. The supervisor serves on the Board of Review.

Mary McGuire Slevin, executive director of the tourism bureau, presented Mr. Dufina with a tall ship scrimshaw and a money clip with images of Round Island Lighthouse by artist Gary Kiracofe.

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