The annual Abraham Penn Community Award is named for Abraham Penn who founded Puritan Cape Cod in 1919. Penn's business was bolstered by two principles: service to customers and service to the community.
This year, the 16th year the award has been given, Ken Foster was chosen as the Cape Cod business person who best exemplifies those principles. Foster opened his first Breakaway store in 1986 in South Dennis and has since opened two other locations, one in Mashpee and the other in Centerville.
To best serve his customers, Breakaway offers the Breakaway Advantage which provides every person who buys a new grill with free assembly, pickup of the old grill and a full tank of propane, according to the Dennis Chamber.
To serve the community, Foster created the X-Grill in 2008. The self-proclaimed Dr. of Grillology, Foster fashioned the mobile monster grill out of a retired oil delivery truck.
Each year, Foster donates his time, grilling expertise and the X-Grill to more than fifty events and fundraisers. "Ken dedicates most of his weekends to community service helping to raise funds where they are needed most by local organizations all over Cape Cod," said Dennis Chamber Executive Director Spyro Mitrokostas.
Foster received his award at a reception at Puritan Cape Cod on Main Street in Hyannis, Wednesday morning. Members of the Penn Family were present at the reception, as were the Dennis Chamber representatives who nominated Foster. Puritan of Cape Cod presented the Dennis Chamber with a $1,000 in Foster's name for nominating this year's recepient.