During last year’s gala, Myron Labat, a retired educator and administrator, was elected as Citizen of the Year by members of the Hancock Chamber of Commerce from a field of 10 Outstanding Citizens. Other outstanding citizens recognized include: Allison Anderson, Unabridged Architecture; Lisa Cowand, Community Leader; Mark Duffy, Community Volunteer; Barbara Huet, Community Volunteer; Regan Kane, GRI, Broker, John McDonald Realty; Cynthia Mahner, The Arts, Hancock County, Mike Meyers, State Farm Insurance; Robert J. “Bob” Occhi, Coast Electric Power Association; and, Terie Velardi, Bay St. Louis Rotary Club.
Known as the local version of the Academy Awards, the Hancock Chamber Annual Awards Gala recognizes outstanding achievements in citizenship, industry and business each year at the Hollywood Casino Grand Ballroom. The annual production includes a reception, sit-down dinner and video presentations featuring the award winners. Tickets for the gala are traditionally sold out with over 500 people attending.
Recognition of Citizens and Businesses
The Chamber has been honoring exemplary citizens and businesses for 39 years. Award winners are elected by members of the Hancock Chamber of Commerce for Businesses of the Year representing Bay St. Louis, Waveland, Diamondhead, and Kiln/ Hancock County. The Top 10 Outstanding Citizens of the Year are also elected by members of the Hancock Chamber of Commerce, with one being announced as Citizen of the Year during the Gala. The Industry Award of Excellence is selected by the Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission.
2016 Outstanding Citizens
Citizens of the Year
Industrial Awards of Excellence
Community Award of Excellence
Patt Cucullu Tourism Industry of the Year
John Ferrucci, Silver Slipper Casino
Businesses of the Year
Bay St. Louis
The Blind Tiger
City of Waveland
Keesler Federal Credit Union
Kiln Business Council
Almost Home Catering
Lazy Magnolia Brewery
2014 Citizen of the Year winner
LiLi Stahler Murphy
Pictured with 2013 winner, Angelyn Scardino Treutel Zeringue, and 2012 winner, John Ferrucci.
2014 Award Gala Bloopers
And the ever-popular “bloopers” video from the 2014 Awards Gala!