For 64 years the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce has been honoring local businesses whose spirit, generosity and commitment to the community have been unwavering.
Tuesday, the Best of Royal Oak – 64th Annual Royal Oak Community Awards ceremony took place at the new in downtown Royal Oak with a buffet dinner provided by Emagine chefs.
More than 130 local business owners and residents attended to honor and acknowledge those who go all out to make Royal Oak a fun, safe and beautiful city.
Top awards this year went to:
Business Person of the Year: Paul Glantz, founder/chairman Emagine Entertainment Inc.
Citizen of the Year: Rick Sage of Honor Flight
Community Spirit: Royal Oak Restaurant Association
Residential Beautification: Michael Chetcuti and Kyle Evans for 827 E. Fourth St.
Business Beautification: Olga's Fresh Market Grill, , Krieger Klatt Architects, Reinert & Company, and
Police Officer of the Year: Brian Zelakiewicz
Firefighters of the Year: Daniel E. Phillips and Michael T. Gladieux
"It's a great honor to be part of this city," Phillips said as he accepted the award for Firefighter of the Year. There was not a dry eye as he shared the story of how he and fellow firefighter Zelakiewicz were able to help a family during a time of need.