The McKinney Chamber of Commerce is proud to host its annual Community Awards Celebration at the Collin County Regional Airport on Friday, Feb. 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Each year the Chamber and community partners honor individuals and businesses who exemplify exceptional commitment and contributions to our community.

The USO/WWII themed evening will include entertainment by the Vintage Vibes, who will provide a musical tribute to the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. WWII antique aircraft, dinner, cocktails and comedic interludes by master of ceremonies, Kelly Wick, promises a memorable evening.

The Carey Cox Citizen of the Year Award is given to an individual who has significantly contributed to the community’s well-being through his/her expenditure of resources, energy and creativity over a sustained period of time. This person has demonstrated outstanding commitment in civic, religious, economic, educational or cultural areas. They also exemplify the highest qualities of commitment and dedication and are recognized as outstanding role models of responsible citizenship.

The Outstanding Small Business of the Year Award is given to a business that has enhanced the economy of McKinney through the successful, long-term and profitable operation of their business. The recipient exhibits innovative industry-wide leadership, as well as with employees and clients and exemplifies outstanding customer service.

The Outstanding Business of the Year Award is given to a business that has enhanced McKinney’s economy through successful, long-term and profitable operation. The recipient exhibits community involvement, innovative leadership with employees, clients and within its industry, and exemplifies outstanding customer service.

The Leadership Alumni of the Year Award is presented to a leadership program graduate who has made a positive and lasting difference in McKinney through active involvement while serving as a role model for others. The recipient demonstrates leadership in their profession and their distinguished professional achievement has merited praise from peers and colleagues. The recipient is an inspiration to others and gives their time and/or resources to projects and programs that benefit the community as a whole.

Community partners throughout the city who will also celebrate success at this annual event include the City of McKinney, McKinney Economic Development Corporation, McKinney Community Development Corporation, the McKinney Convention and Visitors Bureau and McKinney Main Street. Celebrating the accomplishments of the business community and the individuals who are dedicated to maintaining a superior quality of life is another reminder of why McKinney earned the No. 2 spot on Money Magazine’s prestigious 2012 list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the nation.

For reservations or additional information contact Nicolette Daugherty at 972-542-0163 or


About the McKinney Chamber of Commerce

The McKinney Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for the McKinney business community and proudly serves as the unified business voice of McKinney. The McKinney Chamber of Commerce proudly serves over 1,200 member businesses representing over 39,000 employees throughout the North Texas region. With a rich heritage of leadership and collaboration, the Chamber works in concert with the City of McKinney, community partners and the corporate community to promote, advocate for and expand business, and earned its four-star accreditation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As publisher of McKinney Magazine, and, the McKinney Chamber markets the community’s advantages as the foremost location for doing business.