Binghamton chamber gives thanks

By Matt Porter

Binghamton chamber gives thanks

November 19, 2013 Updated Nov 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce holds the 17th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon awarding community leaders for their service.

The lunch brings together public leaders and private members of the community to celebrate the time of giving.

This year, the Binghamton Mets and Mirabito Energy Products were awarded for their services to local charities.

Binghamton Mets general manager Jim Weed said the B-Mets spend a lot of time helping community organizations each year.

"For us to be able to give back where we can, and show that we can support the community like the community supports us," Weed said. "That's really important."

The event also featured Iraq War veteran Rick Yarosh who underwent more than 50 surgeries after suffering severe burns from an improvised explosive device.

He's now a motivational speaker and helps other injured vets through their recovery process.

"I'm thankful for life. I'm thankful for family. I'm thankful for the community," Yarosh said. "Really, I'm just thankful for what I have been blessed with. I probably shouldn't be standing here, but I am, and I'm thankful for it."

Yarosh's message to the group was to be thankful for everything you have and for people willing to step up to help others in need.