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Trax Named Deerfield Business of Year

Deerfield Bannockburn Riverwoods Chamber of Commerce cites community service in giving award to Deerfield bar and grill.

This is the award given to Trax Tavern & Grill as Deerfield's Business of the Year award from the Deerfield Bannockburn Riverwoods Chamber of Commerce. Photo courtesy of Trax.
This is the award given to Trax Tavern & Grill as Deerfield's Business of the Year award from the Deerfield Bannockburn Riverwoods Chamber of Commerce. Photo courtesy of Trax.

A solid effort of fundraising for community causes and Deerfield’s schools in particular were a core reason Trax Tavern & Grill was honored Wednesday as Deerfield’s business of the year by the Deerfield Bannockburn Riverwoods Chamber of Commerce.

This award is given annually to a Chamber of Commerce member demonstrating, among other things, community service and a commitment to the quality of life in Deerfield, Bannockburn and Riverwoods, according to Executive Director Victoria Street.

“Trax has truly been remarkable in its efforts within our community for many years,” Street said. “One of its proudest achievements has been their work with our schools. This year alone, between fundraiser, pizza donations for resale, sponsorship of teams and classrooms, and gift certificates, Trax has raised in the area of $20,000.00.”

The eatery has done more. When Reid Minkus was injured in a motorcycle accident and accumulated medical bills of approximately $400,000, Trax helped raise $10,000 to help defray the cost, according to Street.

Trax Manager Robby Cohn’s first thought after winning the award was offering thanks. “All of us at Trax Tavern & Grill, would like to take this opportunity to thank the communities of Deerfield, Bannockburn & Riverwoods along with the DBR Chamber Of Commerce for voting us the Business Of The Year for 2013,” Cohn said. “We believe in community first and will always strive to lend a helping hand whenever we are needed.”

Giving takes the form of more than fundraising, according to Street. Trax donates the use of its back room for local causes holding events and donates the food. Walk for Life, the American Cancer Society and the Kerry Wood Foundation are some of the recipients.

“Trax continues to demonstrate with dollars, food, sports uniforms and meeting space, its value to our community,” Street said. “They are well deserving of this award.”

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Michael Glickman December 06, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Congratulations to Trax and Robbie Cohn, they are so deserving of this honor. My organization, 100 Men Who Care, has been the recipient of Trax and Robbie's generosity, as they have allowed us to use their back room for our quarterly meetings. Although our group has only been in existence for 6 months, our success has definitely been helped by their kindness and willingness to help. Congratulations again and thank-you for all that you do for our communities.
Enrique H. December 06, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Trax is great for the community--I live down the street. Too bad they can't figure out how to cook food. Their chips are stale and cold, the salsa is from a jar, their salmon is overpriced and completely bland, and the celery I got with their (average) chicken wings was wilted and brown. Their tater tots and pizza are great, however. Anyway, get some new chefs!
Bernard Johnson December 08, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Pardon me for being a wet-blanket, but, we're talking about a saloon {aka: bar} here; that's the best effort Deerfield's businesses can come up - those of a saloon? As I recall, there are some multi-billion-dollar Deerfield-based companies in the Village and they can't out-do 'Trax'? Pathetic. Deerfield's sure set the bar low. All the same, thanks to Trax for picking up the ball that those with significantly more means don't appear ready, willing or able to do.
Enrique H. January 10, 2014 at 12:05 AM
Bernard, you leave some great comments around here. If you consider running for some type of office in the Village, I'd vote for you.

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