By: David Shepherd, Director of News & Public Information
JASPER -- Jasper businessman Jim Siebert was named this year’s Distinguished Citizen during a banquet program Wednesday night at the Huntingburg Event Center.
It’s a major fundraiser for the Buffalo Trace Council of the Boy Scouts.
Around 400 people packed the event center to honor Siebert, the third-generation owner of Siebert’s clothing stores.
It was the second best attended banquet in its 26 year history.
Former Notre Dame and NBA player Luke Zeller was the featured speaker.
"There's something special about the people in this room," Zeller told WITZ Radio News. "[There is] something special about what Mr. Siebert has done. You see what he's done and all of the people here to support him."
Siebert, a Jasper High School graduate, has been married to his wife, Jane, since 1974. They have 4 children.
He himself was a Scout; earning the Eagle Scout award in 1969.
"I must say this is probably the best day of my life," Siebert said moments after receiving the honor. "I'm so honored to be in the company of so many great people. This room is full of people who work just as hard as I do. I'm just so proud to be part of the Dubois County community."
Siebert isn’t just a businessman. He’s very active in the community, He’s a member of multiple groups and he sits on the Junior Achievement Board.
Our general manager Gene Kuntz was the emcee once again for this year’s banquet.