The theme was carried out with speakers, table decorations and a video clip from the popular movie “Jerry McGuire” which featured the oft-repeated line of “show me the money!”
Speakers included Dublin native Richard “Truck” Stevens, a Dublin Lion standout who went on to play at Baylor and for the Philadelphia Eagles, all of which had green as the team color. Also speaking was Dublin newcomer Roxanne Williams who talked about what brought her to the Victorian home on Clinton Street which she now owns.
Highlight of the evening included presentation of awards including Citizen of the Year to Lee Leatherwood for community volunteerism including reopening of the Dublin city pool; Business Leader of the Year to Miles Gilman, of Granny Clarks’s Restaurant and Dublin Realty; Faith in the Future of Dublin to Steve and Donna Hightower, owners of Dublin Insurance, Titan Fitness, a self storage facility and rental properties; Kenneth McDaniel “Hello My Friend” Award to Willard Mann, a community leader with a history of project involvement; Bill Kloster Ambassador Award to Jennifer Miller of Dublin ISD who is putting Dublin on the international map through her work with the school’s technology program, and Spotlight on Excellence to Karen Wright, executive director of the Dublin EDC and director of the Ben Hogan Museum.
The Footprint Award was presented to the family of the late Dannis Lozano who died in November. The award was presented by Karen Wright to Lozano’s wife, Lila; daughters, Eva and husband Jimmy Guinn, Xiamara Briseno and Rocio Lewis, and two of his grandchildren, Lane and Makayla Guinn.
Table decoration winners were Treva Wygle and Plan-It Ink, first place; Patty Sjolin and The Irish Cowboy, second, and Bonnie Keller’s bakery, third.