I'd definently go with Altair, Castor, Chi Cygni, Betelgeuse and Deneb.
See, I'd definitely have Altair on the list, and possibly Betelgeuse, but Sirius is a must for me, as is Polaris. Also, Sol. Good olds Sol, and perhaps Vega- Oh damn, that would be too many.
I think Elliquiy, like the sky, is too full of beautiful shining stars for me to limit to just five.
But 'favorite'ness notwithstanding, I thank you Joe for the lovely sentiment intended through this post - I'm glad I had a chance to make the beginning of your time with us extra shiny. :)