2021 Chamber Award Recipients Announced

The Mannford Chamber held it's annual banquet on Thursday, April 7 at the First Baptist Church in Mannford, Okla.

Beginning at 6pm guests from across the community and county arrived to honor the award recipients and learn of what is to come to the chamber in 2022.

The first award given was a special 'Lil Hometown Hero award, given to Cahill Griffin for his bravery and level-headed thinking that saved his family's life during a house-fire the morning of December 20, 2021.

Chris Chailer, Fire Chief for Basin Fire Department presented the award.

The New Business of the Year award was given to Rik Rak's Grill & Smokehouse, rewarding their success as a new restaurant in Mannford, providing roughly 20 jobs, quality food, and a great meeting space.

The Business of the Year recipient has been in the construction and trucking business for more than 13 years, has expanded their fleet and added employees in recent years. They regular volunteer and donate to community projects and youth activities, all while making an effort to keep all business local, so as to support other local businesses. Tee Dudley of Dudley Construction accepted the award.

The Ray Goodman Humanitarian of the Year award was presented to Amber Merrell. In addition to her full-time job as a kindergarten teacher at Mannford's Early Childhood Center, she regularly gives back to the community, helps those in need, and serves on the youth basketball board.

The Bill Phelps Citizen of the Year award went to Mr. Kelly Spradlin, Superintendent of Mannford Public Schools. Over the years, he has labored tirelessly to serve our community and the students within the school system to do what is best, and been steady in his resolve, regardless of keyboard warrior opinions. An avid supporter of the community and partner to the Chamber, he is a valued member of the community and well-deserving of the award.

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