The first-ever 1Awards in Niagara were handed out by FirstOntario Credit Union, with three local businesses being awarded a shared total of $115,000 in cash and in-kind services Wednesday at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines. From left are Mark Melloni from Urge to Purge, Adam Hynan-Smith and Tamara Jensen from Gastrónomo Vagabundo, and Carmelina Lavigna with manager Gerri Saporito from Tootzie’s Tune-Up. (Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard/Postmedia Network).

By Don Fraser, St. Catharines Standard