Chamber event recognizes best of Reed City community for 2014

REED CITY — Members of the Reed City community who go the extra mile were honored, celebrated and thanked on April 24 at the annual Michigan Week Dinner.

Reed City Downtown Development Authority Chairman James Thompson read descriptions and winners of each award recipient of the night, followed by rounds of applause.

Brenda Bowman's shock and appreciation was apparent when she accepted the award for the 2014 Citizen of the Year to a standing ovation.

"I couldn't do it without all the people who support me, because it's not a one-way street," she said through tears of joy. "I never anticipated any of this. I do what God put me on Main Street to do."

Bowman, manager of The INC Spot in downtown Reed City, was described as a community leader by example, a positive impact in the city who gives freely of her time and talents on a daily basis, helpful to all and generous to those in need.

The Business of the Year award was presented to Vic's Supermarket, which Thompson said represents innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit. The Neal family is ingrained in the community, is a major contributor to nonprofit organizations and goes above and beyond when donations are needed for local events, Thompson added.

"We were very surprised to win the award," James Neal said following the event. "We've been in business for 86 years. I like to see the community be very successful and in turn, we get the support of the community."

Reed City senior Adam Kehr, son of Randy and Marsha Kehr, received the Student of the Year award and was described as hardworking, dependable, respectful and likable. He volunteers his time in the community, is a mentor for others, participates in school wrestling and is a member of 4-H.

"It feels good to be recognized," Kehr said. "I do what I do because there are things that need to be done."

In addition to the three main awards, attendees dined on a buffet provided by Pere Marquette Catering and enjoyed each other's company. Reed City Manager Ron Howell provided an overview of the past year in the community, and Sue Snavley was recognized by the chamber for her time as a chamber ambassador and trustee.

"Tonight seems extra special," said Reed City Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Suzie Williams. "I wish we could give awards to everyone tonight."