17th Annual Abraham Penn Award Presented to Todd & Mignon Barry

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The 17th Annual Abraham Penn Community Award, named after the founder of Puritan Cape Cod, has been given to Todd and Mignon Barry of Moby Dick's Restaurant. Each year the award is given to a nominated individual to acknowledge their excellence in service to the community and to their customers. At the Puritan Cape Cod Hyannis Flagship Store, the winners were honored by members of the Penn family and leaders of the Wellfleet Chamber of Commerce, who nominated Todd and Mignon Barry for the award.

Todd and Mignon Barry have been active members of the community and Wellfleet Chamber of Commerce for over 25 years, all while managing a successful, casual, seasonal seafood restaurant, revered by locals and visitors alike. Todd has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber since 1991 and is active in all of the chambers events, especially the 4th of July Parade and the creation of Wellfleet Restaurant Week. Mignon has been the driving force behind the Chambers Guidebook, and together with their business they have supported many of local organizations, including the Wellfleet Elementary School, the Wellfleet PTA, Outer Cape Health Services, Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Wellfleet Food Pantry, The Sampson fund, Community Connections and many other fundraising activities from Orleans to Provincetown. In the summer months you can find Todd and Mignon working the front lines of their restaurant. The energy and generosity the Barry’s have poured into the community, their efforts at the Chamber, and the unmatched service they provided to their customers for over thirty years, exemplify their public-spirited nature.

Chambers from across the Cape were invited to submit nominations. The Wellfleet Chamber received a $1,000 donation in Barry’s names for nominating the eventual winner. The previous winners were Melinda Gallant, Mashpee Commons, Sid Snow, Snow's Home & Garden, Deborah Converse, Housing Assistance Corp., Richard Waystack, Waystack Realty, Mark Lielpinski, Village Toy, Hamilton “Tony” Shepley, Shepley Wood Product, Inc., Jack Hynes,

Cape Cod Irish Village, and Walter & Pota Meier, Chatham Jewelers, Randy Shepard, Eye Health Service, Mark Novota, Wequassett Resort & Golf Club, Robert Sennott, The Barnstable Patriot, Robert Dwyer, Cape Cod Museum of National History. Jeffrey Gomes, Brax Landing Restaurant, Leo Fein, Cape Cod Mall, Jim Junkins, Friends Marketplace, Ken Foster, Breakaway.

In 1919 Abraham Penn founded Puritan Cape Cod with two key principles in mind: Service to the customer and service to the community. He instilled these values in his two sons, Milton and Howard, who have in turn passed them on to the third generation, Rick and Jim Penn.