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New Bern Civitan Club 2018-2019

Citizen of the Year Danny Creel


New Bern Civitan Club
Citizen of the Year




           At our banquet on September 26, we designated Danny Creel as our Citizen of the Year for his contributions to our semi-annual Rib Fundraiser events. Danny is the owner/operator of the Piggly Wiggly store on Simmons Street where we conduct our sale. Without Danny and his son Chris, who is the General Manager at the store, this very successful fundraiser would not happen. In addition to providing the ribs at their cost, Danny and Chris stay through the night to produce the “slow-cooked” product that has become so popular.

Born in Pembroke NC to a father who was a “preacher”, he moved around for several years before landing in New Bern and graduating from New Bern High School.  He started in the food industry as a bag boy in Wallace, NC when he was about 15 years old. After working with other grocery stores for several years, he joined Piggly Wiggly in 1999 as the General Manager of the Tatum Street store.  In 2004 he became the owner. Two years later he purchased the Simmons Street store and became the owner operator of both.

When Danny was asked why he gave so much time in assisting us helping us, his reply was that he saw this as part of his (and his store’s) commitment to the larger community. As a result, we have always sold each and every rack with the proceeds (averaging above $1,000 per event) in support of other community organizations.  Danny Creel is most deserving as our 2018-2019 CITIZEN of the Year!