SPIRIT OF MCKINNEY
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2019 Spirit of McKinney Awards Emcee- Scott Elliott
Scott Elliott began serving on the McKinney City Council representing District 3 in June of 2016. Prior to City Council, Scott served for four years on the board of the McKinney Community Development Corporation, the last two years as Chair. Scott is also a graduate of the 2012 class of Leadership McKinney, and moved to McKinney from Norman, Oklahoma in 2009.
Scott originally began his IT career as a programmer/analyst, and served over 20 years in various leadership roles. Currently, he is an Account Executive representing HelpMD telehealth services, and is co-owner of Metroplex Healthy Vending. Scott and Linda have been married for 35 years, have three daughters, three sons-in-law, and three grandsons. His grandparent call sign is ‘Poppo’.
Music Provided by: The Bodarks StringBand
Formed in 2012 from remnants of hard rock, country, and R&B bands, they set aside their electric gear for traditional bluegrass instruments to create something both new and old. No sooner had they formed than they were selected as a Shiner Rising Star finalist. Eventually they found their own style, the fruit of which are two albums full of original music and a following of diverse fans. Through the years they have side-staged for acts equally as diverse, such as Kansas, Pat Benatar, Gary P. Nunn, Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
2019 Awards Finalists
Kim Hoffman – Volunteer of the Year Award: Presented to one adult who exemplifies the true spirit of Volunteerism through volunteering with numerous organizations in or around McKinney and demonstrates a passion for identifying and meeting this community’s needs.
Ada Simmons- 3e United
Christina Canales- Hope Clinic
Maylee Thomas-Fuller- Love Life Foundation
Pete & Nancy Huff Community Service Award: Presented to a person(s) who demonstrates a long-standing commitment to this community through volunteerism, board service and/or leadership of local organizations or groups.
Paul Ballesteros- Emmanuel Labor
Brian Hazelwood- Community Activist
Sue Clark- Habitat for Humanity
The Heart Award: Presented to an individual or group who has provided significant volunteer service to one agency or organization and has made a significant impact on the agency and/or clients they serve.
Randall & Brenda Nelson- Embrace Texas
Leonard Gonzales- Holy Family School
Lance Olinski- Street Side Showers
Janice Peacock- Chestnut Square
Peggy Click- Meals on Wheels
Nonprofit Leadership Award: Presented to a paid staff member within a McKinney-area nonprofit organization, who demonstrates leadership, commitment and vision within their organization and/or in collaboration with other organizations for the common good.
Kim Hughes- Grace to Change
Roslyn Miller- McKinney Housing Authority
Randy Routon- Lifepath Systems
Volunteer Group Award: Presented to a group of volunteers who have joined together in service to others as they contribute to a local nonprofit, cause or organization.
Black History Month- Beth Bentley, Molly Brewer, King Hollis
Matt Payne and Minuteman Disaster Response
Wheels for Tonya- Jason Hernandez, Jennifer Odom, Patrick Cloutier, Beth Hensley
“Spirit of McKinney” Business Service Award: Presented to a McKinney area business for their demonstration of community support through volunteerism and/or financial support of local nonprofits including employee engagement programs and sponsorships of community events.
Columbus Realty Partners
OG Chop Shop/Oscar Garza
The McKinney Art Studio/Lisa Labarge
Inspired to Serve Award: Presented to a public or private school, home school group or other group that endeavors to teach and demonstrate serving others to its students through curriculum, programs and community service initiatives.
Stephen Issa- Serenity High
Angi Burns- Ovation Academy of Performing Arts
Kina Vinson- McKinney High School Explorers
Youth Volunteer Award: Presented to a volunteer under the age of 21 (or a group of volunteers under the age of 21), who have demonstrated leadership and/or a commitment to serving others within the McKinney area.
MacKenzie Hughes- Holy Family School
Charlie Pulley- Youth Volunteer
Cambria Dyess- St. Andrew’s/The Bless Mobile
Dominique Trevino-Avila- Love Life Foundation
Logan Fish- New Friends, New Life/Operation Underground Railroad