Thursday, March 18, 2021

Wayne chamber presents annual business awards

New Wayne Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Zachery Burskey welcomed the 2021 board of directors for the organization recently and presented the annual awards to local businesses.

Burskey, who has been with the chamber since December, said his goals were to provide benefit opportunities like health care options, business discounts and other digital events for the 80 or so chamber members.

HYPE Recreation Center and Wayne Main Street were each recognized by the chamber for non-profit work in the community. 

HYPE distributed two or three truckloads of food to residents during Saturdays last summer. 

Stan Shelton, a chamber board member who volunteered at the food distribution, said cars were lined up outside HYPE down Howe to Van Born and back to Venoy. HYPE has also provided space for COVID-19 testing sites and inoculations.

Wayne Main Street annually hosts the city Spring Clean-Up event. The organization also organizes the annual fall scarecrow event “which brings a bit of shine to the community,” said Shelton.

Estefany Gonzalez was recognized for her volunteer work with the Wayne Chamber of Commerce. 

A high school student, Gonzalez reduced chamber records to a manageable level and designed the car hood the chamber entered in the Wayne Main Street 2019 competition. She also designed the scarecrow the chamber entered in the 2020 downtown competition.

The chamber also named the board members for 2021 including Amanda Dybus from the Wayne Westland Schools; Daryan Edmunds from State Farm Insurance-Clay Nissan; Sue Elliot from Storage Sense; Maria Rico from Lobo Tires; Chelsea Rushlow from Imperial Press; Stan Shelton of J&S Portrait America Photography; Shane Vida from Phoenix Theatres and Magan Zuk from Advantage Living Center.