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October 6, 2013

Smith, Allen awarded chamber’s top 2013 honors

Weatherford Chamber of Commerce celebrates ‘No Place Like Home’ at 93rd annual awards banquet

By BRIAN SMITH

Weatherford Chamber of Commerce members spent Thursday evening celebrating “home.”

The 93rd Annual Chamber Banquet theme of “There’s No Place Like Home” was selected because, in the eyes of Chamber President Tammy Gazzola, there “simply is no place like Weatherford.”

“What makes Weatherford home is going to Downtown Weatherford Café on a Saturday morning and seeing six people that I know,” Gazzola said. “It’s going to the cleaners and having your stuff waiting for you because they know your name.”

A number of individuals and businesses were honored during the evening. Gail Tilley introduced Ambassador of the Year Kim Laws, saying Laws, who moved to the area about 20 years ago from Mesquite, had attended more than 160 ribbon cuttings during the past year.

Laws, who is also a division chair for the United Way and active within the Weatherford Independent School District, admitted that while it took here a while to get here, she was proud to call Weatherford home and to be a part of the area.

Julie Lundy presented the Athena Award, given by the women of the Chamber board to someone who exemplifies leadership, to Debra Smith, president and co-owner of Pulliam Pools. Lundy, a former award recipient herself, said Smith supported a number of organizations, including the Parker County Health Foundation, Meals on Wheels and others, including being a past Chamber board president.

Smith said she is simply trying to train the next generation of leaders by being involved herself.

James H. Doss Award winner Don Allen said winning the award was an honor but admitted he also had a good mentor to live up to, “knowing what Mr. Doss stood for.” Presenters Charlie Gilchrist and Mayor Dennis Hooks said Allen had the qualities of a true community leader, practiced solid business principles and was a giving philanthropist.

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