WAPAKONETA — Several businesses and individuals were recognized during the Wapakoneta Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
More than 400 people gathered at the award ceremony Monday to recognize the citizen of the year, large business of the year, small business of the year, top community ambassador, educator of the year, employee of the year, emerging business of the year, nonprofit of the year and youth volunteer of the year.
J. Marie’s Wood-fired Kitchen and Drinks received the Emerging Business of the Year award because of its success and significant role in the Wapakoneta business community and economic growth.
“It takes a team to create the environment that we have,” said Nicole Shark, J. Marie’s employee. “We have a great team. Our owner has instilled a sense of team work and community which is very important piece of what we do.”
Village Green received the Small Business of the Year because it has strived toward the improvement of Wapakoneta, the advancement of business, the betterment of its employees, involvement in charitable events and improving quality of life.
Miller’s Textiles was presented the Large Business of the Year because of the significant role it has played in the community over more than 70 years through advancing business, bettering its employees and promoting charitable events and quality of life.
Jill Wallace received the Employee of the Year award because of her leadership skills, going above and beyond in her line of work and because of her desire to want to learn more, advance and succeed at the Wapakoneta Chamber of Commerce.
Kara Schneider received the Educator of the Year award because of her dedication to service and education, her leadership roles in the community and workplace, and the positive impact she has had on students.
Garrett Wilcox received the Youth Volunteer of the Year because of his dedication and passion for improving the quality of life of Wapakoneta and his involvement in the community.
God’s Storehouse received the Nonprofit Organization of the Year because of its dedication to improving quality of life and the positive impact that it has had on the community.
Mike Moore received the Ambassador Award because he has inspired others and embodies the spirit of Wapakoneta.
Judie Presar received the Citizen of the Year award because of her dedicated interest in the community and her willingness to volunteer in the community.
“I was totally a surprised because from all of the people who have been honored this evening, I have been so privileged to be a part of this group and to be called a citizen of Wapakoneta,” said Presar.
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