June 1 is the deadline to nominate outstanding citizens and businesses to be honored during the Aug. 25 Hancock Chamber Awards Program at Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast.
Known as the local version of the Academy Awards, the annual production includes a reception, banquet and video presentations featuring the award winners.
"This event is the largest business event in Hancock County," said Tish Williams, executive director of the Hancock Chamber, "bringing together 500 business leaders, entrepreneurs, organizations and government officials." The Hancock Chamber membership will vote to select the winners for Business of the Year for Bay St. Louis, Waveland, Diamondhead, Kiln and Hancock County, and Citizen of the Year. Each nominee recognized during the gala will receive two tickets to the gala and will be featured in promotional videos and publicity.
Industry Awards of Excellence for Port Bienville, Stennis International Airport and Stennis Space Center are selected by the Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission. Hancock County Tourism Development Commission selects the recipient of the Patt Cucullu Tourism Industry of the Year.