LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce hosted the 93rd Annual Chamber Banquet on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center.
The banquet started at 6:30 p.m. and cost $40 a person. The ceremony is held every year as the Chamber Board transitions into new leadership and celebrates the year that has already passed.
Dr. Sid Roberts, the incoming Chairman for the board, says the highlights of the evening are the awards.
"One of the other fun things we do is have the presentations of the Golden Anvil and Angelina Awards," Roberts said.
Will Chance and his foundation Books that Benefit won the Golden Anvil award for his participation in donating over 8,000 books to children all over the state of Texas.
Chance joined his high school's student council and enlisted into a district conference with 58 schools. The participants in District 4 started a competition to collect books in their communities. Every Tuesday, Chance goes to the HOPE Center in North Lufkin to read to children who take part in its after school program.
The winner of the Angelina Award was Bonnie Johnson Denmon, who is know as a trailblazer in the community.
She was the first black person to graduate from Central High School and eventually became president of the school board for two different terms. She also served as President of Angelina College's Board of Trustees.
Denmon also spent 40-hours a week at the Memorial Health Systems of East Texas as a medical and surgical nurse. She created a program through the County's Health Occupation Student Association for students to train in the emergency department and helped design a job shadowing program for Hudson ISD.