by Gayle Erwin
Truly, the Best of the Best turned out Saturday evening for the Fifth Annual Best of San Jacinto Awards Banquet. The event is traditionally held in February each year in reflection of the previous years performance of businesses and services, organizations, elected officials, and volunteers in our community. All the many facets that make San Jacinto County the great place in which we have chose to call home. Voting for the awards was conducted from Thanksgiving weekend until December 31. The votes are then tabulated for each of the 49 categories. Invitations are sent out to all of the nominees, members of the chamber, elected officials and the event is publicized in the local newspapers and on the Coldspring-San Jacinto County website. The event is open to the public and attendees are up for a great evening of fun and accolades.
Vice President Patrick Clark of the Coldspring -San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce, host of the event, welcomed everyone in attendance. One of the main quotes from Clark that has made an impact in his life, came from his father Denny Clark...”if you are missing society and community, you are missing the point”. Clark’s father also serves on the chamber board and has been in the community for many many years as President of the Bank of San Jacinto County. The community and society involvement is what makes our community the great place in which we live as evidence of the lifestyle of both Denny Clark and son Patrick Clark.
Upon completion of the greeting to all the food was blessed by Reverend Darby of the Coldspring United Methodist Church. The master of ceremony was introduced to be Dr. Jerry Gibson, board member of the Coldspring - San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce and Superintendent of Schools for Coldspring – Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District. A barrel of laughs and then some, Gibson wrangled through each of the 49 categories with humorous comments and accolades to make the evening a great one in which to be a part of.
What a wonderful way to start off the new year in recognizing those that serve San Jacinto County in every way. These are the people that make San Jacinto County the place we call home. See the inside Dedication page of the Best of San Jacinto County. These folks certainly are “The Best of San Jacinto County”.