The night was filled with entertainment, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, which featured the music of Cherokee singer/songwriter Charlie Leissler. A slide show presented during the social hour featured the growth and development of Cherokee County in 2009.
A delicious buffet, catered by Hy-Vee Food Store, with bottled water courtesy of Blaine's Culligan, followed the social hour.
After the buffet, Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation (CAEDC) started the awards by recognizing area businesses that have remodeled, expanded or started new businesses in the last year, and also recognized new managers and new business owners. All were presented with certificates of appreciation by CAEDC.
The Awards Ceremony followed, with the following presentations of recognition plaques:
CAEDC Executive Director Mark Buschkamp recognized the Hy-Vee Distribution Center for their economic contribution and service to the Cherokee community
Cherokee Chamber of Commerce past President Mike Taylor recognized RJ Thomas Manufacturing for their outstanding contributions to the community of Cherokee.
Cherokee County Farm Bureau's Tom and Suzanne Oswald recognized Tim and Mary Bierman "for their outstanding service to agriculture in Cherokee County and the U.S. Pork Production Industry."
Cleghorn city councilman Les Pedersen recognized Ron Wetherell in appreciation "for all you do for the community of Cleghorn."
Quimby mayor Tim Preuss recognized Dave Bulgrin and The Little Kitchen "for its outstanding contribution to the Quimby community."
Washta mayor Don Parrott recognized the Washta Cemetery Association "for their continued support and investment in the community of Washta."
Marcus For Progress Director Vangie Cowen recognized Topline Feed and Seed for their "Outstanding Business and Community Service to the Marcus area."
Business and Professional Women of Iowa presented their Woman of Excellence Award posthumously to Marilyn Peck.
The Awards ceremony concluded with Cherokee mayor Mark Murphy presenting the 2009 Cherokee Citizen of the Year recognition to Leroy and Pearl Jenness "in appreciation of your dedication to the Cherokee community."
After the awards ceremony, everyone was treated to the wisdom and inspiration of guest speaker Pat McGill.
Sponsors for this year's event were MidAmerican Energy, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, Alliant Energy, Central Bank, Cherokee State Bank, Valley Bank and Trust, North Star Community Credit Union, First Trust and Savings Bank, Heritage Bank, and Farmers State Bank.
See more photos from the Recognition Banquet in the "Recognition Banquet" Photo Gallery.