By Bonnie Culverhouse
The 79th Annual Awards Gala, presented by Greater Minden Chamber of Commerce and Regional Hospice, is one for the books. Following a long Covid Hiatus, the banquet was well attended and boasted all the awards of years’ past.
Small Business of the Year: Minden Farm & Garden
Business of the Year: Meadowview Health & Rehab
Business Person of the Year: Catherine Hunt
Community Partner of the Year: Mercy’s Closet
Pandemic Heroes for 2020: Minden Medical Center Frontline Staff
Woman of the Year, presented by Young Women’s Service Club: Lt. Tokia Whiting Harrison
Man of the Year, presented by Minden Lions Club: Jake Chapman
Other sponsors for the banquet included Diamond Sponsors: Home Federal Bank and Minden Family Dental; Gold Sponsors: b1 Bank, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Minden, Madden Contracting, Minden Medical Center, Rose-Neath Funeral Home and Town & Country Health & Rehab.
Silver Sponsors: Catherine Hunt, Realtor and Minden Medical Center; VIP Sponsor: Citizens National Bank; Awards Sponsor: McDonald’s; and Social Sponsor: Mike’s Hometown Spirits.
Table Sponsors included: bi Bank, Baird Siding/Grace Farms, Carroway Pre-Owned of Minden, Christian Church of Minden, Flip Flop Resale, Gibsland Bank & Trust, Harper Chevrolet-Buick/GMC/AJ Price Tire, Mayor Terry Gardner, McInnis Insurance, Meadowview Health & Rehab, Meriwether Wealth & Planning, Minden Family Pharmacy, Minden Farm & Garden, Northwest LA Technical Community College, TG Companies, Webster Parish School Board, Webster Parish Convention & Visitors Commission, Wimberly Agency of Minden and Wise, Martin & Cole.
Photo by Mark Chreene: Lt. Tokia Whiting Harrison (left) and Jake Chapman are Woman and Man of the Year for 2021.