Dale Smith was recognized as Citizen of the Year and McDonald’s won Business of the Year during the 2011 Olney Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet.
Mike Belcher, presenting the WVLN-WSEI Citizen of the Year award, noted Smith’s work with abused and abandoned animals in the county.
“Dale has committed her life to rescuing animals in Richland County,” Belcher said of Smith, who has been president of Humane Society of Olney Area for 35 years.
“Dale asks for little and expects even less, but the smile on her face after adoption is reward enough.”
Smith, who was fighting back tears as she accepted her plaque, expressed her gratitude for the award.
“My husband would never believe I’m short for words,” Smith said.
“I always thought if you believed in doing something, that you did it for that reason; you didn’t expect a thank-you or a pat on the back,” she said. “But this is really nice. I do appreciate it.”
Olney Daily Mail Editor Mark Allen presented the newspaper’s Business of the Year award to McDonald’s, which was not in attendance.
“This business employs more than three dozen people. I remember being extremely excited as a 6-year-old in the ‘70s when I heard that the world’s most famous clown was coming to town,” Allen said.
Allen also noted the business’s community involvement, including supporting area sports and academics, donating to After Prom, donating food after major fires, donating to Relay for Life and Walk & Roll and offering coupons for many fundraisers.
McDonald’s Assistant Manager Dan Grove said Friday morning that he appreciated the award.
“I just want to thank the public,” he said. “If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t have gotten it.”