With all the pomp and dazzle of an Academy Awards event, Hancock Chamber of presented honors to outstanding citizens and business owners in the community.
Nearly 500 business and government leaders were at Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast for the Chamber Business & Industry Awards Gala.
The chamber named four Hancock County Businesses of the Year:
▪ Cuz’s Old Town Oyster Bar & Grill, Bay St. Louis
▪ Beacon Theatres, Waveland
▪ Memorial Physician Clinics & Diagnostic Center, Diamondhead
▪ Infinity Science Center, Hancock County.
Co-presenter of the awards was the Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission, which presented the Industry of the Year award to the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command at Stennis Space Center. Accepting the award were William Burnett, deputy commander/technical director, and Captain Ron Shaw, chief of staff.
Raymunda Barnes, assistant vice president of Pearl River Junior College’s Hancock Center, was named Citizen of the Year from a field of 10 honorees. He is chairman of Hancock Chamber Education Committee, which focuses on issues that affect community education, and is a member of the Bay St. Louis Rotary Club and serves as chairman of the Hancock Chamber Education Committee.
Other outstanding citizens recognized were: David Bassett, CPA; Elise Deano, Hancock County Youth Court judge; Susan Duffy, Hancock County Visitors Center; Craig Foster, Edward Jones; Madella and Blu Jordan, community volunteers; Paul Montjoy, Keep Diamondhead Beautiful; Christina Richardson, management consultant; Susan Stevens, community volunteer; and Chuck Underwood, Treasures of the Bay/Breezy Porches.