The Citizen of the Year Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 26, at the Holiday Inn Grand Island. The announcement of this year's Citizen of the Year honorees is scheduled for the March 23 edition of the Island Dispatch. This special community event will honor businesses and individuals whose contributions have made Grand Island a better place to live.
Grand Island's own Phil Buchanan will host as this year's master of ceremonies. Buchanan has lived on Grand Island for more than 48 years and has been very involved within the community. A former WBEN Channel 4 news director, writer, editor and reporter, he also is a partner of the Buchanan-Eichel Homes Inc.
The chamber thanks local businesses that have sponsored this special event. Platinum sponsors to date include the Holiday Inn Grand Island and Niagara Frontier Publications. Gold sponsors to date include First Niagara Bank, Key Bank and Life Technologies. The Silver sponsor to date is Toshiba Business Solutions. Bronze sponsors to date include Elderwood Health Care at Riverwood, Sam Long's Landscaping and Excavation, JM Refrigeration Heating and Air Conditioning, Grand Lady Cruises, Creative Leather Concepts and Island Ship Center, Rhino-Tees Custom Apparel and Sports Complex, Tops Friendly Markets, SNAP Fitness, Aceti's Wine and Spirits, Liz Wilbert and Realty USA, and the Grand Island Rotary Club.