In his acceptance speech Friday night, Jan. 10, the newly awarded Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce citizen of the year used the opportunity to shine a light on "the side of Woodbury that many of us just don't see."

"We've got 250 families in Woodbury who are using the Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf every month. We've got 170 homeless students from Woodbury in our schools. We've got nearly 550 Woodbury families who receive food stamps or SNAP benefits. And we've got more than 600 people age 25 or older in Woodbury who have an education less than grades 9 through 12, and have no diploma," said Roger Green during the chamber's annual award gala at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel off McKnight Road in St. Paul.

He added: "There's a saying in the Bible, 'To whom much is given, much will be required.' May all of us who have been given much find it in our hearts to make Woodbury a great place to live, work and play for everyone."

Green's service record is extensive, including Woodbury Community Foundation, Woodbury Thrives and the Washington County Community Development Agency Board of Commissioners. He also has been involved with the Housing Task Force, Community Land Trust, Economic Development Committee, Chamber of Commerce, Woodbury Athletic Association, American Cancer Society and Transfiguration Catholic Church to name a few.

He was previously vice president of HealthEast Care Systems.

In 2016 Green received a Lifetime Volunteer Award from Community Thread, a Stillwater-based organization that connects volunteers to causes in the St. Croix Valley area.

Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce President Laurie Staiger (right) introduces the Woodbury Ambassadors Royal Family Jan. 10, 2020, at the chamber's annual award gala. Pictured are (front, from left) Claire Ireland and Mya Cheney; and (back, from left) Nancy Studiner, Sammy Ogle, Gitanjali Raman and Ally Murray. Michael Brun / RiverTown Multimedia
Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce President Laurie Staiger (right) introduces the Woodbury Ambassadors Royal Family Jan. 10, 2020, at the chamber's annual award gala. Pictured are (front, from left) Claire Ireland and Mya Cheney; and (back, from left) Nancy Studiner, Sammy Ogle, Gitanjali Raman and Ally Murray. Michael Brun / RiverTown Multimedia

Culver's of Woodbury, the recipient of the chamber's business of the year award, was also recognized for giving back to the community with more than $21,000 in donations raised in 2019 for local schools and youth sports organizations.

Restaurant general manager Aaron Sundgaard dedicated the award to the business's 40 employees.

"Everyone from the kitchen staff, to up front, to all the managers and people in the dining room, this is truly their award," he said.

Eric Rislove was named Jan. 10, 2020, as the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce board chair for 2020. The longtime Woodbury resident said much has changed over the years, but the city "remains a great place to live, work and play." Michael Brun / RiverTown Multimedia
Eric Rislove was named Jan. 10, 2020, as the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce board chair for 2020. The longtime Woodbury resident said much has changed over the years, but the city "remains a great place to live, work and play." Michael Brun / RiverTown Multimedia

The sold-out gala featured live music by Cassandra Cole, wine pull and auctions, including a dessert auction stocked by area bakeries.

RiverTown Multimedia was among the event sponsors.

Here's the list of award winners and nominees for 2019:

Business of the Year

Culver's of Woodbury co-owner Ben Gathje (left) and general manager Aaron Sundgaard accept the Business of the Year award Jan. 10, 2020, during the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce annual award gala. Michael Brun / RiverTown Multimedia
Culver's of Woodbury co-owner Ben Gathje (left) and general manager Aaron Sundgaard accept the Business of the Year award Jan. 10, 2020, during the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce annual award gala. Michael Brun / RiverTown Multimedia

  • Culver's of Woodbury

Nominees: Angelina's Kitchen, Oak Marsh Golf Course, Saint Therese of Woodbury, That's My Idea Marketing

Citizen of the Year

  • Roger Green

Nominees: Paul Alsides, Claudia Millington, Ralph Olsen, Steve Whillock

Educator of the Year
Louise Erickson with New Life Academy was named Educator of the Year. The recent cancer survivor said the diagnosis reinforced her love for teaching. Michael Brun / RiverTown Multimedia
Louise Erickson with New Life Academy was named Educator of the Year. The recent cancer survivor said the diagnosis reinforced her love for teaching. Michael Brun / RiverTown Multimedia

  • Louise Erickson, New Life Academy

Nominees: Sara Hjelmeland, Middleton Elementary; Gina Kortuem, New Life Academy; Stephanie McGrane, Red Rock Elementary; Kyra Reis, St. Ambrose ECEC; Nancy Washburn, New Life Academy

Public Safety Worker of the Year

Cottage Grove Police Captain Greg Rinzel (left) and Woodbury Assistant Public Safety Director/Assistant Police Chief Kris Mienert were jointly named Public Safety Worker of the Year for efforts to secure funding for the newly built HERO Center training facility. Introducing the award is Woodbury Mayor Anne Burt. Michael Brun / RiverTown Multimedia
Cottage Grove Police Captain Greg Rinzel (left) and Woodbury Assistant Public Safety Director/Assistant Police Chief Kris Mienert were jointly named Public Safety Worker of the Year for efforts to secure funding for the newly built HERO Center training facility. Introducing the award is Woodbury Mayor Anne Burt. Michael Brun / RiverTown Multimedia

  • Kris Mienert, Woodbury Assistant Public Safety Director/Assistant Police Chief and Greg Rinzel, Cottage Grove Police Captain

Nonprofit of the Year

Milton Harrison, board administrator of Senior Care Communities, accepts the award Jan. 10, 2020, for Nonprofit of the Year on behalf of the "compassionate, caring staff" at Woodbury Senior Living. Michael Brun / RiverTown Multimedia
Milton Harrison, board administrator of Senior Care Communities, accepts the award Jan. 10, 2020, for Nonprofit of the Year on behalf of the "compassionate, caring staff" at Woodbury Senior Living. Michael Brun / RiverTown Multimedia

  • Woodbury Senior Living

Nominees: Saint Therese of Woodbury, Woodbury Lions Club, YMCA

Ambassador of the Year

Tom Dunn of Tom Dunn Photography was named the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year for 2019. Michael Brun / RiverTown Multimedia
Tom Dunn of Tom Dunn Photography was named the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year for 2019. Michael Brun / RiverTown Multimedia

  • Tom Dunn, Tom Dunn Photography