It was busy night for the Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce last Thursday, as the chamber honored the Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School STAR students, and presented its awards as well.
Volunteer of the Year was the first award handed out during the chamber’s banquet. Chamber President Dave Toburen presented the award to Carol Jackson, and talked briefly about a few of her contributions to the community.
“Always the first in line to volunteer for Mule Day, Miss Washington-Wilkes Pageant, Little Miss Wilkes County Pageant, the Fireworks Celebration, and this banquet”, said Toburen. “She is also a faithful member of the farmer’s market.”
Jackson, who was caught off guard with receiving the award, wasted little time as she presented the next award of Citizen of the Year. This year’s winner of the award was Margie Burke.
Before Burke took the stage, Jackson talked about a program that Burke started at a local nursing home.
“Realizing that some nursing home residents have someone visit them on Christmas, seven years ago she founded operation love and care in a shoe box”, said Jackson. “She started assembling boxes on her dining room table for residents of a single nursing home.”
After receiving the award, Burke talked about how great of a town that Washington has been to her and her family.
“We came here to Washington about eighteen years ago, and this has been the best place to live, raise a family, and to meet people”, said Burke. “Its just a great place and I am so thrilled to be apart of Washington-Wilkes.”
Awards also presented include Small Business of the Year, which went to Hendrick’s Florist, and Big Business of the Year, which was presented to Anthony Wood Products.