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|FIRST ON WGIL: Guy Vitale Wins Thomas B. Herring Award
|FIRST REPORTED 3:00pm 11/23/09 A Galesburg native, and member of a number of local organizations is the latest recipient of a community service award.
Last year's recipient, Dr. D. Wayne Green, presented Guy Vitale Monday with the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce's 2009 Thomas B. Herring Community Service Award. Vitale has served roles with the United Way, National Railroad Hall of Fame, Cottage Hospital and the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association among others.
He says one of his favorite memories of Galesburg was his childhood, in that it provided enough security that he wanted to come back.
Vitale tells WGIL to be part of this kind of award is very humbling and an honor for him. "It means a lot because I've lived in Galesburg most of my life," Vitate said. "And, it's always an honor to have people whom you live with, who think know you the best, select you for a public service award. Plus, I knew Tom Herring very well, and he was an extremely outstanding individual, and anything associated with his name is an honor."
Vitale says he wasn't aware he would be receiving the award but he knew something was up when he says his wife invited him out to lunch and she was paying for it.
He thanked the hard work and support of many people and organizations and says this community holds a special place in his heart.
Vitale says from a historical perspective, he has no doubts Galesburg will be successful in the future.
Guy Vitale will join Terry Cavanaugh and Jim Lee live Tuesday at 7:20am on the "WGIL Morning News" on AM 1400 WGIL.
|11 23 09 by Newsroom
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