Myron Labat, a retired educator and administrator, was saluted Thursday as Citizen of the Year at the 38th annual Hancock Chamber Business & Industry Awards at Hollywood Casino.
The gala drew close to 500 business and government leaders.
Labat was selected by the chamber members from 10 Outstanding Citizens.
Labat is a retired coach, teacher, principal and school administrator of the Bay-Waveland School District. He volunteers with CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates. He has been president of the Hancock Medical Center Foundation for three years and helped raise money for medical equipment for the community.
He spends most of his free time helping children, and promoting health and exercise as president of the Bay Rollers Cycling Club. In the past two years, the group has bought 77 bicycles for children.
Members of the Hancock Chamber also selected five Businesses of the Year: The Blind Tiger, Bay St. Louis; Grammy’s Donuts, Waveland; Keesler Federal Credit Union, Diamondhead; Almost Home Catering, Kiln; and Lazy Magnolia Brewery, Hancock County.