More than 400 people attended the McKinney Chamber of Commerce's annual Community Awards Celebration at the Collin County Regional Airport on Friday, Feb. 15. The Chamber and community partners honored individuals and businesses who exemplified exceptional commitment and contributions to our community.

“It's always an honor to recognize the amazing people who make this community so special,” said McKinney Chamber President Jodi Ann LaFreniere Ray.

The Leadership Alumni of the Year Award recipient, Judy Gay, has made a positive and lasting difference through her active involvement while serving as a role model for others. Kathy Darrow and Mary Reynolds, Ebby Halliday colleagues and her nominators, stated: "Judy consistently demonstrates her passion for giving back and inspires that passion in others. She is an ambassador for excellence."

The Outstanding Small Business of the Year Award winner was Grimes Development. This award is given to a business that has enhanced the economy of McKinney through the successful, long-term and profitable operation of their business.

Haynes Landscaping  was honored with the Outstanding Business of the Year Award. The award is given to a business that has enhanced McKinney’s economy through successful, long-term and profitable operation.

The Carey Cox Citizen of the Year Award winner was Dr. Jerry Sims. The 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.

 

Among the other awards given were:

•  Quality of Life Award, given by the McKinney Community Development Corporation. Winner: Tracy Rath.

•  Tourism Partner of the Year Award, given by the McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau. Winner: Adam and Geordon Cox, Strikes Against Cancer.

•  Non-Residential Historic Preservation Project of the Year, given by the City of McKinney. Winner: Spectocor, Andy Bogdan and Joe Bogdan.

•  Residential Historic Preservation Project of the Year, given by the City of McKinney. Winner: 405 Bradley Street, Nye Gorlington, Lisa Day and Craig Day.

•  The Spirit of McKinney Moving Forward Award, given by the City of McKinney. Winner: Encore Wire.

•  Main Street Partner of the Year Award, given by McKinney Main Street. Winner: Tony Nevotti, Fiat of McKinney.

•  Corporate Performance Award, given by the McKinney Economic Development Corporation. Winner: Independent Bank.

•  Encore Wire Award (formerly known as the Retention & Expansion Program Award), given by the McKinney Economic Development Corporation. Winner: Spectocor.

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.

 

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., McKinney has a current population of nearly 141,000. Incorporated in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. The city ranks No. 2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live list for 2012. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.