The 37th Annual Saraland Citizen of the Year Recognition and Awards Banquet was held Friday, March 27. The seven nominees for the honor were Deborah Andrews, Joyce Bush, Eddie Holmes, Jennifer Moran, Jeffrey Schmitz, Earl Turner and Heather Williams.
Newton Cromer was Master of Ceremonies, Judge Edmond Naman was keynote speaker and Doris Leach was chair of the Citizen of the Year committee. The annual event is sponsored by Saraland Civic Forum.
In speaking of the unique quality of Saraland and its citizens, Mayor Howard Rubenstein commented that though the current motto of the city is "Gateway to Progress," when it was founded, its slogan was "Saraland: A Community of Service." All of the nominees for COY personify that quality as each makes a positive difference in the lives of their neighbors and in their community.
Among the guests at the banquet were several former Citizens of the Year, including 2013 honoree Martin Walker, who told those present how gratified he was to have been selected COY and how very important volunteers are to a community.
Each Citizen of the Year nominee was congratulated and presented a recognition plaque, and Rev. Eddie Holmes was announced as Saraland Citizen of the Year 2014.
The invocation and benediction was given by Bro. Terry Wigley; Saraland Honor Guard posted the colors and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.