The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Award Banquet Friday was a special night for more than just those who received awards – it was the chamber’s 100th annual banquet, which featured performances by the 80-piece Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra.
The chamber hands out awards for business of the year, business leader of the year, regional business of the year, young professional of the year, the presidents’ service award, citizen of the year, and Carbondale community arts keeping art in business award.
The Business of the Year award went to long-time Carbondale retailer Murdale True Value, owned by George Sheffer. The chamber said in a news release that True Value 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.
The Business Leader of the Year award went to incoming chamber president Darren Berger. He is the business development manager for The Bank of Carbondale. 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, according to the chamber.
Regional Business of the Year was handed out to Walmart. According to the chamber, Walmart was given the award for its commitment to supporting local charitable endeavors and urging both management and associates to volunteer and give to causes of their own choosing.
The Young Professional of the Year award was given to Shane Carsrud. He is a commercial officer with Banterra Bank, and also an active Rotary member and a board member for Carbondale Tourism. According to the chamber, he was instrumental in the development of the event known as “The Chef Clash” at the Arena and was recently elected to the chamber’s board of directors.
The Presidents’ Service Award was given to Southern Illinois University women’s golf coach Diane Daugherty. The chamber’s most recent presidents select this award and it 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 every June, according to the Chamber.
The Citizen of the Year award was given to Diane Hood. According to the chamber, the award was handed to Hood in recognition for her service to numerous civic and charitable organizations. In addition to being the manager of The Furniture King, she serves on board of directors for the Women’s Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale and the Carbondale Community High School Foundation. She is also active in the annual Toys for Tots campaign.
The Carbondale Community Arts Keeping Arts in Business award was given to Nest Arts and Gifts. According to the chamber, the business was recognized for its commitment to area artists as an outlet for their work and products.