ENID, Okla. — Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce honored several people Tuesday night during its annual awards ceremony.
The chamber presented awards for Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Ambassador of the Year and Civic Improvement.
Enid Mayor Bill Shewey was named Citizen of the Year for his “great humility” as mayor for the past seven years. Shewey has volunteered with several organizations, and the chamber said he has been involved in nearly every committee at Enid First United Methodist Church.
Shewey thanked the city of Enid and his wife of 55 years.
“Two of them have been real good,” Shewey said with a laugh. He said his family has always been his greatest support.
Leadership Greater Enid Class XXVII received a Special Recognition award.
Special awards are not given every year, but the chamber said it was for a group or a project that do not fit into one of their usual categories.
“They are one of the most deserving classes I’ve ever seen,” said Dalen McVay, immediate past-chairman.
This year’s LGE class outfitted Booker T. Washington Community Center with air conditioning for this summer after its unit gave out last summer.
“The heat was just too intense to have 87 kids in there during the summer time with no air conditioning,” Booker T. Washington Community Center Executive Director Clifford Porter said.
The LGE class held a charity golf tournament that surpassed its $22,000 goal by $9,000. The excess money went toward other repairs at the community center.
“If we’re not investing in our children then what are we doing?” said Taylor Venus, member of LGE Class XXVII. He also said it was incredible that the class surpassed the goal so much.
“It’s important to show what Booker is doing for the community,” Venus said.
The 2018 Volunteer of the Year donated her time at no less than 16 charities and nonprofits. The chamber said Carmen Ball’s record of service makes it clear that her heart is in the nonprofit world.
“She’s the person I’m calling in the zombie apocalypse,” said April Danahy, vice president of human relations at Security National Bank, about Ball’s crafting ability.
“There is no better way to make you feel good if you can build, sew, bake for something for someone else,” Ball said with her goose flipper from her Mother Goose costume in hand.
4RKids was awarded the 2018 Civic Improvement Award. The chamber said 4RKids’ goal is to bring awareness to individuals with developmental disabilities. The projects provides jobs and offers a family friendly activity with its mini-golf course. The entire course is handicapped accessible.
“I heard they raised more revenue in their first week open than the past year or two of fundraising,” McVay said about 4RKids.
“It provides jobs,” said Tricia Mitchell, executive director of 4RKids. “I do it because the employees are amazing. They love hugs and always have a positive attitude at work.”
The 2018 Ambassador of the Year was chosen by his peers. His peers said chairman Phil Outhier has a genuine enthusiasm for the Enid chamber. Outhier dedicated the award to his fellow ambassadors.
“The neat thing about ambassadors is that they’re the boots on the ground,” Outhier said. “They are always there and willing to work.”
Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce awarded Business Person of the Year to Universal Management owner Matt Habibi. Habibi was not able to make it to the award ceremony because of a vacation with his family. The chamber said Habibi was deserving of the award because of his team-first approach to his business, which offers a retention plan, vacation and holiday policy, a retirement plan and full health insurance.
Kyle Hockmeyer, new chairman of the board, discussed his vision for the chamber and how he wants Enid to thrive.
“Home — Enid is and always will be home,” Hockmeyer said. He said he wants Enid to be home for his son and daughter, who will be born in two days.
“Most fundamental of all is we as citizens must show unwavering support for Vance Air Force Base,” Hockmeyer said .
For more information about Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce go to http://www.enidchamber.com/.