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2019-06-26 00:16:40

HUNTINGTON, NY — A Huntington businessman reportedly became the first person with down syndrome to win the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 New York Award. John Cronin, the 23-year-old who co-founded John's Crazy Socks, won the award, which is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious business awards programs in the state, the company announced Saturday.

As Patch previously reported, Cronin and his father, Mark Cronin, run a business selling socks and greeting cards. They donate 5 percent of their earnings to the Special Olympics and as well as money from their Awareness and Charity socks to other groups. To date, they have raised more than $300,000 for the National Down Syndrome Society, the Autism Society of America, the Williams Syndrome Association and more.

The business, which employs people with differing abilities, became so successful that they began operating out of a 6,400-square-foot facility in Melville.

The Cronins won in the Mission Driven category. They were the only father-and-son duo to win out of 11 businesses.

EY founded the Entrepreneur Of the Year award in 1986. The program honors entrepreneurs and leaders of fast-growing companies for innovating, financial succeeding and impacting the world.

John's Crazy Socks earned $1.7 million in revenue in its first full year in business and showed more than 300 percent growth — to $5.5 million in revenue — in its second year.

I'm so excited to win! Every day, we want to show the world what is possible when you give someone a chance, John Cronin said in announcing the news on the company's website.

Co-founder Mark Cronin said they want to change the world.

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