The annual awards dinner for the Whitehouse Area Chamber of Commerce moved locations this year. Due to construction issues, the banquet could not be held at the Whitehouse High School and was instead hosted at the event center of Tyler Area Senior Citizens Association.
After an opening welcome by Chamber President Todd Kelly, attendees enjoyed a meal catered by Shields Mountain BBQ.
Entertainment for the evening was provided by Card 53 Comedy, an improve group that acts out scenes as directed by audience suggestions. During their performances, Card 53 invited State Representative Matt Schaefer, Mayor Charles Parker and other members of the community to take part on stage.
The closing portion of the evening’s program was the annual awards.
Though known for preparing and delivering hot meals to citizens over 60 years of age, Whitehouse Meals on Wheels does so much in addition to the meals. The organization checks on the well being of their clients, helps with home repairs, builds ramps and more through the department of aging and disability services. Accepting the Organization of the Year award on behalf of Whitehouse Meals on Wheels was Carol Arnold.
The Legacy Award went to Sarah Davis. Davis was married to George Davis in 1946. She worked in Whitehouse schools, both as an elementary teacher and high school counselor, retiring in 1983. Davis was active in the community as a member of Whitehouse United Methodist Church, the Order of the Eastern Star, Smith county Retired School Personnel and the YMCA in Whitehouse. Accepting the award was George’s nephew, Charles Davis.
A company which has been in the Whitehouse community for 30 years was awarded Business of the Year, Moss Concrete Construction Company. Billy Moss, who accepted the award, is a supporter of Whitehouse Independent School District and serves on the Walnut Grove Water Department.
For her involvement in and many contributions to the community, Maria Davenport was named Citizen of the Year. Davenport has grown up in Whitehouse. She is married to Joe Davenport and they have two sons, one daughter and four grandchildren. She has been active in several civic and community events including the Whitehouse Chamber of Commerce, Whitehouse Cemetery Association, Whitehouse Women’s Civic League, Parks and Recreation committee, Whitehouse bond committee, Whitehouse Independent School District Education Foundation Board, and Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament among others. She has also been involved in many area charitable events.