EFFINGHAM — Three recipients have been chosen as the honorees of this year’s Business Ethics and Social Involvement (BESI) Awards.

The awards will be presented at the East Central Illinois Development Corporation (ECIDC) Annual Banquet on May 14 at Effingham’s Hilton Garden Inn, according to an ECIDC press release.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction, followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.

The banquet and BESI awards presentation is open to the public. Reservations must be made in advance for $35 per person by calling the ECIDC office at (217) 540-3517.

This year’s BESI award recipients are the Kitchen Seed Company of Arthur, Gerald Forsythe of Wheeling and Ken Vogt of Effiingham.

Kitchen Seed Company

Kitchen Seed Company, Arthur, will be presented one of three 2009 BESI Awards as the firm is honored for its community involvement and ethical business practices.

The Kitchen Seed Company not only meets the necessary criteria for the BESI Award, but far exceeds all expectations, according to ECIDC officials. Through the company’s long history of dedication to fair and just business practices and community giving, the firm has become a model organization in the region.

Gerald Forsythe

Wheeling resident Gerald Forsythe is being honored for his many years of community gifting.

Forsythe not only meets the necessary criteria for the BESI Award, but far exceeds all expectations. Through his selfless acts of kindness within Clark County, he has captured the hearts of many. Forsythe’s lifelong dedication to his home county is one to be celebrated, ECIDC officials noted.

Ken Vogt

Effingham resident Ken Vogt will be honored for his many years of community service and ethical practices.

Vogt’s lifelong dedication to his community is one to be celebrated. He not only meets the necessary criteria for the BESI Award, according to ECIDC officials, but far exceeds all expectations. Through his selfless acts of kindness within Effingham, he has captured the hearts of many.

The BESI Award was established in 1992 by the Lumpkin College of Business at Eastern Illinois University, and recognizes outstanding business firms and leaders in the East Central Illinois area who pioneer enlightened business practices and display moral courage and principled leadership in the face of challenges.

Each year, Eastern Illinois University, Lake Land College and ECIDC team up to sponsor these awards. Award recipients are chosen by a nomination committee comprised of representatives of each of the three sponsoring entities. Candidates are nominated from within the communities they live and benefit.

For more information on ECIDC and the BESI awards, go to www.ecidc.com.

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