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Recognition Banquet


This annual event celebrates the outstanding individuals, businesses, and organizations that have made a significant impact on our community. We are delighted to honor the nominees in the following categories each year:

1. Beautification: 

Awarded to a person, business or organization that has significantly improved the visual appeal of the community during the past year.

2. New Business of the Year:

Awarded to a business that has opened with the past 2 years and positively contributed to the betterment of the community.

3. Business of the Year:

Awarded to any existing business that stands out as exceptional in the community. Special consideration is given to those businesses that have increased the workforce and/or enhanced the economic environment within the past year.

4. Organization of the Year:

Awarded to an organization in the community that serves Odessa.

5. Public Service Award of the Year:  Awarded to an individual that has provided significant public service to the community.

6. Volunteer of the Year:

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community and this award is presented to an individual that exhibits the giving, caring nature of serving the community in a volunteer capacity.

7. Community Betterment: 

Awarded to an individual, business or organization that has worked over the past year to significantly improve the community.

8. Business Person of the Year:

Awarded to an individual that exemplifies outstanding business leadership in the community.

9. Lifetime Achievement Award:

This award is presented to an individual who has served the Odessa community over the majority of their adult life.

Join us in nominating outstanding achievers who have made Odessa a better place for all of us. Together, we honor their dedication and unwavering commitment to the betterment of our community.

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2023 Award Recipients

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Beautification - Odessa Garden Club

New Business of the Year - Coffee Camp

Business of the Year - Bright Beginnings School Age Center

Organization of the Year - Helping Hands of Odessa

Public Service Award - William Ekey

Volunteer of the Year - Donna Ehlert

Community Betterment Award - Odessa Police Department

Business Person of the Year - Nick & Laura Conn

Lifetime Achievement Award - John Spaar

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