Jay Rice, St. Clair’s 2013 Citizen of the Year, holds his plaque as he addresses the audience Saturday night during the Celebrate St. Clair Banquet sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.
Ten individuals and one business were recognized by the St. Clair Area Chamber of Commerce on Saturday night with various awards during the 43rd annual Celebrate St. Clair Banquet at the Elks Lodge. The awards were for the 2013 calendar year. Pictured are, from left, front row: Lorie Mahen representing Mobil Gas Mart, Business of the Year; Jennifer Goodson, Paramedic of the Year; St. Clair High School student Laura Bardot, Outstanding Youth; SCHS teacher Ben Martin, Educator of the Year; and Jay Rice, Citizen of the Year. Back row: the Rev. Cliff Day of First Baptist Church, Spiritual Leader of the Year; Jason Hatley, Firefighter of the Year; John Sikes, Police Officer of the Year; St. Clair Police Chief Bill Hammack, Outstanding Public Service; and Lori Gratzer, Volunteer of the Year. Not pictured is Suzy Haverstick, Youth Mentor of the Year.
Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 8:00 am
Undoubtedly, the best moment during Saturday’s 43rd annual Celebrate St. Clair Banquet came during an exchange between emcee Jason Alexander of Budget Lodging and St. Clair Police Chief Bill Hammack, who was recognized by the local Chamber of Commerce as the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Public Service Award.
Through various awards, the banquet at the St. Clair Elks Lodge honors individuals who are making a difference in the community. Saturday’s event recognized those accomplishments from the 2013 calendar year.
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