COC Celebrates Carthage

COC Celebrates Carthage
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The Carthage Chamber of Commerce celebrated the past year with a Night at the Movies with their 2016 Annual Banquet, on Friday, January 15th. Nearly 400 Chamber members and community leaders gathered to recognize outstanding teachers, business leaders, volunteers, and community members. A special thanks to Spotlight sponsor Leggett & Platt.

The evening began with a social hour at 6:00 p.m. sponsored by H.E. Williams followed by dinner catered by Mythos and sponsored by Mercy Hospital, and an awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Entertainment was provided by Kacey Baugh and sponsored by Show Me the Ozarks Magazine and SNC Squared.

The awards and their winners were:

Retiring Board of Directors
Steve Swearengen – Heritage State Bank
Given to retiring Board Members in appreciation of their continued insight, support and/or encouragement.
Outgoing Board Chairman
Rodney Hinds – Southwest Missouri Bank
ATHENA Award – Tina Hallmark – LPL Financial
Sponsored by the Ruth I. Kolpin Foundation and SMB Bank
A nationally recognized award presented in recognition of those who support, develop, and honor women leaders.
Artist of the Year Award – Ida Ruth Locarni
Sponsored by ArtCentral
In recognition of contributions to the Carthage art community
Chairman’s Award – Chuck Bryant – Carthage Water & Electric Plant
Presented by the Chairman in recognition of 2015 contributions to the Chamber and Carthage community.

Community Enhancement Award – Carthage Police Department, Carthage Fire Department, Jasper County Sheriff’s Department
Sponsored by the Carthage Chamber of Commerce
Presented to recognize an organization, committee, group, or individual that has contributed significantly to make our community a better place to live.
Emerging Leader of the Year – Jake Heisten – Office of Congressman Billy Long
Sponsored by Hometown Bank
This award is presented in recognition of individuals who further their career path or begin a new career path.
Golden Key Awards – Sponsored by Steadley Trust
Margaret Youngworth – 2nd Grade Fairview Elementary
Kelly Jacobs – Assistant Principal Carthage Middle School
Brian Crigger – Social Studies Carthage Junior High
Kelly Avise – Process Coordinator Carthage High School
Humanitarian of the Year Award – Vivian Loveland
Sponsored by McCune Brooks Healthcare Foundation
Presented in recognition of improvements to healthcare in the Carthage community
Spotlight Award – Mis Arcos Mexican Restaurant
Other finalists – Cherry’s Emporium on the Square and MadStyle Salon
Sponsored by Realpro/Danny Ross
Awarded to one business each year that has contributed to the overall enhancement of the business community of Carthage through revitalization or improvements made to their business location.
Small Business of the Year Award – Palms Massage & Day Spa
Other finalists – Herrington Dental and Liberty Tree
Sponsored by Dr. Flys’ Salon
Presented to one business each year that has provided a positive image and been a vibrant entity within the Carthage business community.
Richard M. Webster Citizen of the Year Award – Sue Vandergriff
Sponsored by the Carthage Rotary Club
Given in memory of the late Senator Richard M. Webster, the Citizen of the Year Award is presented in recognition of demonstrated devotion to the Carthage community.