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Honorees announced for this year’s Hancock Chamber Salute to Business and Industry Annual Awards Gala
By Echo Staff
Jul 8, 2014, 20:43

Sometimes referred to as a local version of the Academy Awards, the Hancock Chamber Annual Awards Gala recognizes outstanding achievements in citizenship, tourism, industry and business.
The annual production includes a reception, banquet, and video presentations featuring the award winners. The Hancock Chamber has been honoring exemplary citizens for over thirty-one years, with over 500 people attending annually.
This year’s gala will be held on Thursday, August 21st at 5:30 p.m. in the Hollywood Casino’s Cypress Ballroom in Bay St. Louis.

The Hancock Chamber has officially announced the names of citizens and businesses who will be honored during this year’s Gala.
The ten Outstanding Citizens to be honored are:
• Jane Alford – Bay-tique & Carroll House Bed & Breakfast
• Debbie A. Benefield - Mississippi Power Company
• William “Bill” Bradford, MD - Retired Emergency Medicine Physician
• Jim Grotkowski - True Value Hardware
• Dr. Cherie Antoinette Labat - Bay Waveland School District & Mind, Body & Spirit
• Kerryn F. Liebkemann - Friends of McLeod Park & Kiln Business council
• M. Carolyn Rhodes - Gaits to Success
• Rhonda Dean Rhodes - Hancock Resource Center
• LiLi Stahler Murphy - City of Waveland & Ground Zero Hurricane Museum
• Linda Tucker - Hancock Medical Center

Of those ten Outstanding Citizens one will be named Citizen of the Year during the Awards Gala.
This year’s “Patt Cucullu Tourism Persons of the Year” are Kerrie and Jesse Loya with 100 Men D.B.A. Hall. The award is sponsored by the Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau.
Several deserving businesses will also be honored as the Businesses of the Year at the event. Those businesses include Bay Town Inn for the city of Bay St. Louis; Park Ten Lanes for the city of Diamondhead; Dempsey’s Seafood and Steak Restaurant for the Hancock County Board of Supervisors; Coastal Hydraulics and Supply for the Kiln Business Council; and Treasures of the Bay for the city of Waveland.
On the industrial side of business, SpaceX will receive the Industrial Award of Excellence while Calgon Carbon Corporation is this year’s Industry of the Year. These awards are sponsored by the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission.
The Bay St. Louis Municipal Harbor was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Community Award of Excellence.
“These honorees represent a philanthropic and entrepreneurial spirit across the county,” says Tish Williams, executive director of the Hancock Chamber. “These companies and people exemplify business leadership, good citizenship and have helped create a domino effect of investment in Hancock County. By recognizing them in the awards ceremony, we hope to inspire others to excel.”
Reserve your seats for the gala online by vising the Hancock Chamber of Commerce’s website at hancockchamber.org or by calling the Chamber’s office at 228-467-9048.
The gala is sponsored by the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission, Coast Electric Power Association, Hancock Bank, Jacobs Technology, and Mississippi Power Company.


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