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Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce hosts Annual Member Award Ceremony

This article appeared in the October 29 issue of the Progress Times.

Mauve, blue, and orange decor accented the Mission Event Center as they welcomed guests to ‘A night in Morocco: Annual Member Awards.’

Upon entering through the main doors, caterers greeted guests with complimentary champagne. Guests were then led to the main event room by a trail of blue, yellow, and orange accented Moroccan rugs.

Members and guests of the event indulged and socialized at cocktail tables before the start of the award program. Some took photos with scenic backdrops and inside luxurious tents with plush pillows and exotic fabrics.

George Rice accepts his award for Business Leader of the Year. Progress Times photo by Maria Ruiz.

A belly dancer, dressed in gold coins, gold fabric, had a chandelier headpiece and danced with scarves. She entertained guests that sipped on complimentary wines and danced to music played through the event room.

A silent auction happened at the entrance of the event hall, with individuals viewing the various items before jotting down an amount.

Light salads were served at tables as the speaker, Brenda Enriquez, took the podium for the evening.

Sponsors and investors were acknowledged, with the sponsorship tier as follows:

Diamond Sponsor: JS Construction; Platinum Sponsor: Socialife magazine; Gold Sponsors: Mission Economic Development Corporation, South Texas Health System, and IBC Bank; Silver Sponsors: Raddison airport, Mission CISD, 5×5 Brewing Co., Next Home realty, Village in the Valley, Walsh, McGurk, Cordova, Nixon Attorney at Law, Femcity, Mission Regional Medical Center, and Thurmond Eye Associates; Bronze Sponsors: Texas Regional Bank, Careers Unlimited, Ranch House Burgers, Brick Fire Pizza & More, and Hospitalists.

Enriquez summarized the Annual report for the GMCC for the year 2020-2021.

“We had a wonderful year in business,” Enriquez said, as the GMCC closed with 352 members, with an additional 56 new members. The retention rate was 80% in comparison to 76% in October of 2020. The chamber also celebrated 75 years of business.

Lance Ames, CEO of South Texas Health System, was recognized for his services as Chairman of the Board for GMCC for the 2020-2021 year. Chairman of the Board for 2021-2022, Veronica “Ronnie” Ontiveros, was recognized.

Ontiveros gave welcome remarks to the crowd and introduced the 2021-2022 Board of Directors.

Next, the Award Ceremony began, with Miss Texas USA Victoria Hinojosa handing out the awards to the winners.

George Rice, the owner of 5×5 Brew Co, was named Business Leader of the Year.

“For many years now, George has been a successful leader,” said Enriquez. “Today, George inspires his employees to be community stewards by tirelessly volunteering himself and the 5×5 team to numerous charitable causes.”

Sara and Juan Cano accept their award for Business of the Year. Progress Times photo by Maria Ruiz.

Cano & Sons Trucking won Business of the Year. Juan and Sara Cano founded the company in 2003. Cano & Sons Trucking is also the parent company to Grande Produce, one of the Valley’s largest produce companies. They recently founded JS Construction company.

“The company was built on strong-rooted family values, hard work, and high ethical standards,” Enriquez said. “Their professional growth and success are only one of many impressive aspects of the family.”

The Cano family has given back to the community. They have funded scholarships for higher education to Mission high school seniors, made donations of school supplies to Mission CISD, and hosted Buenas Tardes lunches.

The final award of the night, the Community Impact Award, was awarded to the Mission Regional Medical Center.

“During the unfortunate times of the pandemic, Mission Regional Medical Center still managed to provide health education with online seminars, community health fairs, health screenings, and more,” said Enriquez.

Members of the Mission Regional Medical Center accepted their award for Community Impact. Progress Times photo by Maria Ruiz.

The medical center also was recognized for its constant aid during the pandemic. The Mission Regional Medical Center provided both COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution.

The audience applauded the three awardees.

After dinner, guests continued to socialize and dance before the night ended.

 

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