The Chamber of Commerce recognized several of its leading citizens during its annual banquet Thursday night. Following a dinner and entertainment, Des' Veggies received the Business of the Year Award with Charles and Roberta Lynch accepting the honor. Gary Labeth was named Chamber Member of the Year and Frank Schaaf received the Citizen of the Year Award.

The Wilson chamber is one of the most active organizations in the community sponsoring numerous events from the Halloween on Main Street to the Christmas Parade. The volunteers that make up the chamber make that level of participation possible.

"The chamber is a way that you give back to the community," Labeth said. "The community of Wilson has given me much more than I could ever give back. It's an honor.

"I've got awards from the state in education and the national awards for athletic director, but this chamber award means more. It's from the people that mean the most to you."

Des' Veggies took the award after a year that saw the business expand. It encompasses a new building, eight greenhouses and five full-time employees.

"We are just tickled to death," Roberta Lynch said. "We only have one child so it has brought the family closer together. We just lean on each other and we all have our fingers in the pie."

"We just appreciate this award very much," Charles Lynch added.

Schaaf received the award following a proactive year sitting as the city mayor. He has backed projects such as the city splash pad as well as other areas of improving the city image.

"I was completely caught off guard," Schaaf said. "I'm flattered. I see it as an award for the whole community that I was fortunate to receive. This is the most prestigious award I have ever received."

Michael Pineda