There were many honorees at the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce annual banquet, which was the 100th in the Chamber's history, according to a news release from the Chamber.
Nearly 500 people attended the banquet, which featured performances by the 80-piece Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, a silent auction, reception and special presentations.
The award recipients included:
• Longtime Carbondale retailer Murdale True Value was named the organization’s Business of the Year. The business is a major contributor to charitable and children’s events in Carbondale and is well-known for demonstrating both Saluki pride and focusing on customer delight.
• Darren Berger, business development manager for The Bank of Carbondale, was named as Business Leader of the Year. Berger is an active member of several civic organizations, serves on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale and is a member of the Chamber’s board of directors.
• Wal-Mart was named Regional Business of the Year in recognition of the company’s commitment to supporting local charitable endeavors and urging both management and associates to volunteer and give to causes of their own choosing.
• Shane Carsrud was recognized as the Young Professional of the Year. Carsrud, a commercial officer with Banterra Bank, is active in Rotary and on the board of Carbondale Tourism. He was instrumental in the development of the event now known as The Chef Clash at the Arena and was recently elected to the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
• Former SIU Women’s Golf Coach Diane Daugherty was presented with the Chamber’s Presidents’ Service Award. This honor, selected by the organization’s most recent presidents, recognizes Daugherty’s service to the Chamber. She has served as the emcee of the Chamber’s Annual Banquet for many years and volunteers at the group’s golf scramble event every June.
• Diane Hood was named the Carbondale Citizen of the Year in recognition of her service to numerous civic and charitable organizations. Hood, who works as manager of The Furniture King, serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale and the Carbondale Community High School Foundation. She also is active in the annual Toys for Tots campaign.
• Carbondale Community Arts recognized Nest Arts and Gifts with the organization’s Keeping Arts in Business Award. The business was recognized for its commitment to area artist as an outlet for the work and products.