A crowd of 270 attended the 40th Annual Banquet and Silent Auction last night at the Hilton N. Raleigh. Keynote Speakers, NC Department of Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker and NC Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata had the audience captivated! It was a wonderful event!
We are extremely pleased to announce the following Award Winners!
Small Business of the Year...Dickey's Barbecue Pit
Whether it is attending or helping with Chamber events such as the Business Expo and the golf tournament or hosting Business After Hours, this Dickey's Chamber involvement is exceptional. Giving back to the community is also important to this business. In the past year they have hosted 20 school fundraiser events in-store to raise money for our local PTAs and youth sports programs. Other involvement include sponsorship of local Relay for Life teams to raise money for Cancer Research; American Red Cross Blood Drive; Knightdale Elementary School Read n' Feed program sponsor, East Wake High School Golf Tourney Banquet Sponsor, made a donation to local Planter's Walk Family who lost their home to a house fire; and they have an Employment partnership with Haven House to employ special needs adults. (Jerry and Theresa Brooks of Dickey's pictured above second and third from left.)
Large Business of the Year...Rex Wellness Center of Knightdale
Knightdale and Eastern Wake County asked for it, they got it, and what a tremendous success it has been! The Rex Wellness Center of Knightdale receives about 315 visits per day or almost 9, 500 per month. They presently employ about 30 and provide volunteer opportunities to close to 30. Each day, you'll see people taking care of themselves (with a smile on their face) in this facility on Knightdale Blvd.; challenging themselves with small everyday challenges that lead to big lifetime changes, practicing preventative care, learning the importance of healthy eating, nutrition, fitness, and emotional health. This state-of-the-art medically overseen facility has brought top-notch fitness equipment, programs and amenities to Knightdale that citizens had been clamoring for. We applaud the leadership of Rex Healthcare for recognizing the importance of promoting a healthier community by bringing such a facility with excellent customer service to our town. Lives are being impacted and our community is growing stronger and more fit every day. (Corey Kozar of Rex Wellness Center pictured above fourth from left)
Distinguished Service Award...Josh Francis
The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Josh Francis of Greystone at Widewaters for his exceptional leadership service to the Chamber during the passage of the Knightdale Parks & Recreational Facilities Bond that was on the ballot in November. Under his leadership, the committee was instrumental in helping to verbalize the importance of the bond which helped lead to 80 % of Knightdale voters voting "YES". (Josh Francis pictured above on far right)
Our Citizen of the Year...Glenn Mitchell
A Knightdale resident, Glenn is known for his behind the scenes service to the community, but most of all for the work he has done through his restaurant, Circus Family Restaurant, for the last six years by serving almost 1,000 meals on Thanksgiving Day to the needy, Raleigh Rescue, Meals on Wheels, military and hospital personnel and hospital personnel. (Glenn Mitchell pictured on far left above.)
Key to the Town...Mike Wheless, Deputy Mayor!
A Very Special Award was presented to our Emcee of the Evening, Mike Wheless, WQDR 94.7 - Knightdale Mayor Russell Killen and Knightdale Town Council presented a key to the Town and a shirt to Mike Wheless formally recognizing Mike's position as Deputy Mayor of Knightdale for his many contributions supporting and promoting our Town.
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