Hundreds of community members came out to get their “game on” experience Friday night at the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet at City Hall at City Limits.

The event’s tailgate theme made for a fun evening with a variety of team spirit from football players to cheerleaders and officials, and of course the sports-themed tables.

Chamber President and CEO July Danley took the stage and thanked many people, including this year’s Chamber Ambassadors, before the awards presentation.

“It takes an army of volunteers,” she said. “And what they are able to accomplish and what I have learned from them is amazing.”

Every year the Chamber presents awards for a range of categories.

Steve Patterson was presented the Chamber Board Past Chair 2016 award by current chair Ilda Martinez. 

David Perez was presented the Ambassador Past President 2015-16 award by current Ambassador President Sheila Williams.

Shelley Gilliland was presented the Beulah Brown Ambassador of the Year 2016 award by the 2015 Beulah Brown Winner Melissa Divin.

“Shelley gives in so many ways behind the scenes and always with a smile on her face,” Danley said.

There were three Ag Awards presented:

The Agriculture Producer of the Year 2016 award went to Collier Diamond C Ranch, John B. and Metta Collier. The Entrepreneur of Agriculture 2016 award went to Lone Star Family Farm, Josh and Ashley Ritchey. The Friend of Agriculture 2016 award went to Joyce Whitis. There were three Business Awards:

The Rising Star 2016 award went to Totelcom Networks, Michael Prather. The Shining Spur 2016 award went to Agave/City Limits, VW and Cynthia Stephens. The Blazing Boot 2016 award went to Stephenville ISD, Matt Underwood and the technology team. The night came to an end with the live auction, which was led by auctioneer Brent Graves.