Pictured left to right are the Hancock Chamber Outstanding Citizens: Myron Labat, Citizen of the Year in 2016; David Bassett, CPA; Christina Richardson, Community Volunteer; Craig Foster, Edward Jones; Susan Duffy, Hancock County Visitors Center; Chuck Underwood, Treasures of the Bay/Breezy Porches; Raymunda Barnes, PRCC Hancock Center; Elise Deano, Hancock County Youth Court Judge; Susan Stevens, community volunteer; Paul Montjoy, Keep Diamondhead Beautiful; Madella and Blu Jordan, Community Volunteers; and, LiLi Stahler Murphy, 2014 Citizen of the Year. Barnes was elected Citizen of the Year by the Chamber membership.
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.
Citizens of the Year
2017 Top 10 Citizens of the Year
Industry of the Year
Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command
2017 Businesses of the Year
Bay St. Louis
Cuz’s Old Town Oyster Bar & Grill
City of Diamondhead
Memorial Physician Clinics & Diagnostic Center
City of Waveland
INFINITY Science Center
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!