This past Saturday night, Feb 25, the Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce organized banquet to recognize and honor chamber members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. This annual gala is the chamber’s way of saying thank you to the members and citizens of Anna.

After opening the night with recognizing the sponsors of the GACC, the board of director’s president Mike Mixson invited Pastor Alex Kirton from Discipleship Church to give the invocation. Before guests were able to enjoy the festivities, the GACC had a few items of business that needed attention. Mixson made a motion to appoint three members to the board of directors, and another was able to second the motion. The chamber passed the motion to appoint Pete Cain, Lisa Biddle and Debra Pope to each serve a two-year term on the board of directors.

Todd Engels, a realtor and owner of the “Deck the Falls” interactive Christmas house, said he enjoys the annual banquet. “The Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce annual awards ceremony was a great way to celebrate the success of businesses in this area,” Engels said.

The most prestigious award of the night was given Judy Harlow, who has had a profound effect on Anna. Harlow was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for all of her hard work and dedication to the City of Anna and the school district.

Other award recipients included: business person of the year went to Donald Nutt, store director of Brookshire’s Grocery; new business of the year was awarded to Everything Ice Cream; the citizen award was given to Todd Engels; community partner of the year was granted to Brookshire’s; business of the year went to Texas Star Bank; innovation award was given to Straight Shooters; educator of the year was won by Megan Massey; and the volunteer of the year award was awarded to Carol Chapman.

Engels said he is honored to have been nominated for the citizen award, much less winning it.

“The award I won, citizen of the year award, was a great honor voted on by the great people of this city,” said Engels. “I love promoting the city of Anna and giving back to the citizens. I love my city. Thank you!”

Kevin Hall, the GACC executive director said he was excited to be a part of his first banquet dinner as the executive director, and about the amount of residents that showed up to support the GACC.

“There were over 250 members, nominees and guests in attendance,” Hall said. “During the program, we announced the chamber board and ambassadors, as well as myself, as this was my first banquet as the executive director. We are thankful to be here for our businesses, the city, school district and are looking forward to continuing the momentum throughout the rest of the year.”