Schuyler Area Chamber of Commerce honored four individuals and one business during Saturday's celebration banquet at the Oak Ballroom.
Mary Peschel was recognized as an honorary chamber member.
“Mary is very enthusiastic and is always eager to try something new,” chamber board member Gwen Mach said while presenting the award. “She has worn many different hats over the years and continues to do so.”
Peschel is a member of many different organizations and groups, including the Nebraska Public Agency Investment Trust, Colfax County Recycling, Keep Schuyler Beautiful, Railside Green, Schuyler Garden Club and Trinity Lutheran Church. She recently retired as Schuyler's city clerk and treasurer after 37 years.
Peschel thanked the community for the recognition.
“This warms my heart so much to have been thought of in this way,” she said. “I want to thank you all for this so much.”
The Legacy Award was presented to Dan Wisnieski.
“This gentleman has always had a love and affection for the community of Schuyler and the people of Schuyler,” Chamber Executive Director Jackie Farrell said. “He has been very active in many community clubs, events and activities. He had a lot of fun and good memories early on with the Jaycees and there are many stories he could tell about the Great Platte River Raft Regatta and the Jaycees haunted house.”
Wisnieski served on the school board and was an active member in Rotary, Sertoma and the historical society. During his time on the chamber of commerce board, he helped bring a community fireworks display to Schuyler.
A surprised Wisnieski accepted his plaque and expressed thanks.
“I thought I was too old to be a legacy, but I guess not,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun being a part of all these programs. I’ve learned a lot along the way from each one of them.”
Chamber Board President JoLynn Ratzlaff presented the Business of the Year honor to QC Supply.
“QC Supply has become a key resource for livestock construction, equipment and supplies, offering thousands of brand-name products,” Ratzlaff said. “It is a major supplier to the top swine and poultry producers in the U.S. and employs a team with decades of swine, poultry and livestock experience. Known for unparalleled customer service and quality products, QC has grown from a home business to a multichannel operation."
Lonnie Kitt, owner of QC Supply, accepted the award and reminded banquet attendees who is responsible for the honor.
“It’s not about me tonight,” he said. “It’s about our great employees and their great ability to help customers. Our customers are who helped us grow to be what we are today.”
The final award of the evening recognized John and Pam Eggleston as the Citizens of the Year.
“This year we are honoring this couple who have been involved in the Schuyler community for many years,” Farrell said. “And they strive to make a difference in the lives of children. They are kind, generous and caring. They are both dedicated members of the chamber and Eagles Club and active in the First Presbyterian Church. Together they have opened their hearts and their home.”
The Egglestons began their journey as foster parents in 2006 and have adopted four children since then.
“First of all, I’m a crier,” Pam said while wiping away tears. “John and I have been and will always be passionate for this community and everyone in it. We will do anything we can to help.”