Chandler Chamber of Commerce has named Tom Booth as the town’s Citizen of the Year.
“It is an honor and privilege to be chosen Citizen of the Year. I am humbled to be given this award because God has blessed me with an ability that I can use to honor him and bless those in our community,” Booth said during Chandler’s recent chamber banquet.
More than 200 ballots were cast for the annual awards and Booth stood out among the group due to his desire to give back to Chandler.
For the past three years, Booth has toed the free throw line at Chandler First Assembly of God to raise money for Chandler-based God’s Open Hands and missionary John Williamson.
Booth is preparing for the fourth annual Free Throws for Souls this year and hopes to give even more money back to the not-for-profit groups.
“I am thankful for all the support for this event. I just hope this event touches people in a way to see they can all use the talents given to them to help others in need, and spread the good word of Jesus. We are expecting this year to be the biggest event yet,” Booth said.
Last year, the event raised $20,000. Free Throws for Souls is scheduled for Friday at Chandler First Assembly of God.
Teacher of the Year went to Brownsboro High’s Patsy Lewis.
Wade’s Place in Chandler was awarded Business of the Year; Wayne Heaton was named Chandler Volunteer Fireman of the Year; Chandler Policeman of the Year went to Chris Stanbery.
Organization of the Year went to the Chandler Historical Society while Nancy Bertholf was named Volunteer of the Year.
Police Explorer of the Year was awarded to Mario Ruiz while Ford also was honored for his work as executive director over the past year.
Brownsboro ISD honored teachers on each campus as Campus Teacher of the Year before Lewis won the award for the entire district.
Brownsboro Elementary Teacher of the Year is Vickie Dingler. Chandler Elementary Teacher of the Year is Sandy Carter.
Brownsboro Intermediate Teacher of the Year is Elayne Reid, Chandler Intermediate Teacher of the Year is Valerie Walthall.
Brownsboro Junior High Teacher of the Year is Stephanie Womack while Brownsboro High Teacher of the Year is Lewis.