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    Benny Ramsey was presented the Citizen of the Year award during the Chamber’s annual 2019 banquet at the Young County Arena. Shown from l-r are Graham Chamber Board Chair Tiffany Snow, Outgoing Graham Chamber of Commerce Board President Chris Blanton, Ramsey and CEO, Graham Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau Krisa De La Cruz. (Leader file photo)

Chamber seeking nominations for annual Grahammy awards

The Graham Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for their annual Grahammy awards ceremony held annually alongside the Taste of Graham and Chamber Banquet.

There are four awards alongside the restaurant awards from the Taste of Graham which are Volunteer of the Year, Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year and the Graham Salt Works Award. The awards ceremony annually honors those in the community who give back through community service, commerce or volunteer work.

“The Grahammys has really been such a special event every year, the annual banquet,” Graham Chamber of Commerce CEO Krisa De La Cruz said. “My first year here I didn’t really understand how meaningful that was, not that I took it for granted, but it is a really, really neat because it is a huge honor so I think the recipients are always really honored and humbled by it. But, it is such a great way for us to get to recognize people in our community who do so much, and there are so many.”

Nominations for the awards are open for all citizens and businesses in Graham and can be submitted online at grahamtexas.net/grahammy-nominations/. Chamber membership is not required to submit an application for the event.

“We encourage people to submit nominations,” De La Cruz said. “When we get great nominations it is hard to choose because there are so many people in this town that do so much.”

Nominations can also be submitted at the Graham Chamber of Commerce, by calling the office at 940-549-3355 or by emailing lisa@grahamtexas.org.

The Chamber Banquet will be held Jan. 28 at the Young County Arena Barclay Room as in years past, but De La Cruz said the chamber is looking into new venues for the event in the future.

“We has talked about moving it to an airport hanger, which I think will be really fun one day (...) and it is a little bit bigger so it allows for more space,” she said. “This event is always a sell-out event. We always have people calling week of wanting tickets and we sell out every year and it is always really hard to turn people away that want to buy tickets and want to attend, but there is just limited seating at the Barclay Room.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, Dec. 4 edition of The Graham Leader.

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