Chamber Banquet: A Feast Of Awards
It was an evening of “Winter Fiesta” and that’s exactly what guests of the 2018 Delta County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet did at the new venue, Charleston Sky. The Chamber Board of Directors of Cindy Roller, George Stapp, Cooper Mayor Darren Braddy, Brenda Stewart, Jalan Mayes, Richelle Johnson, Devone and Keith Morris, and Kenneth Cottongame gave a warm welcome to the guests and honorees Saturday evening.
American Legion Red Henderson Post 483 Commander Gary Thompson led with a prayer before the catered fajita meal served by Tejano’s. Matt Dunn and his fiesta show entertained from the overlooking balcony of the venue accented by up lighting over the 30 tables adorned in paper flowers.
Following complimentary drinks and freshly home made sopapillas, honorees were announced by Chamber President Cindy Roller of Cooper Review and presented by Vice President George Stapp of Delta Funeral Home.
Educator of the Year went to longtime Cooper ISD teacher Deena White.
Todd and Jana Rushing were presented Agriculturists of the Year.
Volunteers of the Year went to sisters Carol King and Sue Hommel.
First Responder of the Year was given to Janet Currin, Klondike Volunteer Fire Department.
Business of the Year went to Chuck Sickles, owner of Interstate Body Shop and the now Interstate Mechanic Shop.
Appreciation of Service was given by the Chamber Directors to longtime Chamber Office Manager Gracie Young.
The Board officially welcomed Charleston Sky to the Chamber with a ribbon cutting with owners Kevin and Lisa Carter. The couple cut the red ribbon on the first 2018 event of the venue.
The night concluded with a blue tooth speaker door prize donated by Morris Electronics given to Roger Houchins. Lisa Carter drew the names. The grand prize of a two person, seven-night Royal Caribbean cruise to Mexico was won by newlyweds Delta County Constable Marshall Lynch and his Jennifer.
Slideshow presented at the banquet: