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CCLA Chamber celebrates 20 years of friendship

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CEDAR CREEK LAKE–In celebration of friendship was the theme for the 20th Annual Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (CCLACC) awards banquet July 19. With bright smiles, attendees entered the event welcomed by their peers that they were unable to join with in 2020 to present awards for 2019, due to the pandemic. 
CCLACC President Jo Ann Hanstrom began the evening with introductions of special guests in attendance including members of the Mabank City Council, Judge Jan Groom, Mabank Police Department, Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Gayle Cooper, Gun Barrel City Council member Anne Mullins, President of the Gun Barrel City Beautification Committee Barbara Webster, State Representative Keith Bell and District Director Cody Craig. 
Hanstrom explained that State Representative Keith Bell would be making a presentation of a resolution during the banquet in the absence of the chamber’s visit during legislative session. Bell explained that there is a Collin County Day, Athens Day and a Cedar Creek Day. “Cedar Creek Lake is one of our true treasures and residents justifiably take great pride in the beauty and character of the surrounding area now therefore be it resolved that the house of representatives of the house of 87 Texas Legislature hereby honor the Cedar Creek Lake Area and sends its citizens sincere best wishes for the future,” read Bell. The resolution was signed March 3.
Mabank Education Foundation Executive Director Tonya Chapman was the first to speak about the Mabank ISD Teachers of the year. Chapman likes to joke she never turns down an opportunity to speak positively about teachers. While the teachers were not in attendance, she announced who they were, beginning with Shana Throneberry from Central Elementary, Michelle Burkel from Lakeview Elementary, Jennifer Hopkins from Southside Elementary, Rebecca Smith from Mabank High School, Ashley Henson from Mabank Junior High School and Ashley Basham from Mabank Intermediate School. Chapman also announced that the District Teacher was Throneberry. 
Mabank Police Chief Keith Bradshaw was announced as the winner of the Mary Helen Myrick Award presented by CCLACC Board Vice Chair Chrissy Adams. “There is no better person than Chief Keith Bradshaw to look over all the citizens of Mabank,” said Adams. 
CCLACC Board Chair and owner of Texas Ability, LLC Marty Mullins presented the Kathy Kendrick Award to Barbara Webster. “This year’s honoree exemplifies the true spirit of volunteerism,” Mullins stated then spoke of the numerous committees that Webster is a member of. 
CCLACC Board Secretary Ally Greenville was pleased to present fellow CCLACC Director Joy Long the Ambassador of the Year Award. “Being an ambassador is more than just a job to this person. She goes above and beyond in volunteering and making sure all the bases are covered. Whether it’s a monthly luncheon, serving as an officer, going to ribbon cuttings, attending Business After Hours, she’s always an advocate for the chamber,” Greenville stated. 
The 2019 winners of the Jean Nichols Lifetime Service Award, Bill and Robbye Grissom presented Marty Mullins with the award stating, “Marty lifts up those around him, encouraging them along the way, so they may shine and experience the success. He has been a great mentor to many, teaching us all what it means to be a true volunteer and how to give unconditionally.”
Tate Cramm of Cedar Creek Brewery and the 2012 Citizen of the Year presented Robert Render of the Cedar Creek Lake Parrot Head Club as the 2019 Citizen of the year. Among many organizations Render belongs, he’s raised and infused over $750,000 back into our community through charitable contributions and man-hours. Render is married to Carol Voris who is a teacher at Mabank ISD. Between them they have six children and 11 grandchildren. 
The last of the awards, Hanstrom presented her favorite award as she smiled and said, “Because I created it.” She explained that the award was established a few years ago to honor one company or individual that may be under the radar so to speak. Limited by time or work they never waiver on their support of the chamber. Hanstrom says that her choice in this award has been a part of the chamber family for longer than she has been there, more than 20 years. She took a chance, and went out on their own in an industry that they had been working in. “They started their own business, became a single mom, reunited with the love of their life who is now their business partner and always remained an advocate for the chamber,” said Hanstrom. Hanstrom says she considers Shannon Rose of The Telephone Connection not only a business associate, but a friend and someone to count on at any time. “I’m proud to name shannon Rose as the winner of the 2020 President’s Hall of Fame Award,” Hanstrom declared. 
In conclusion of the evening’s events, select members of the banquet tables were presented flower arrangements and centerpieces from the evening.