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The Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce 61st Dallas Community Awards ceremony was held Friday at Eola Hills Wine Cellars

The Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce 61st Dallas Community Awards ceremony was held Friday at Eola Hills Wine Cellars

RICKREALL — A commitment to serving seemed to be the unofficial theme to the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce’s 61st Dallas Community Awards.


Dallas Dutch Bros. owner Joe Lawless, left, and company COO Brian Maxwell, center, with Dallas Chamber Director JD Shinn. Lawless won Business of the Year.

The event held at Eola Hills Wine Cellars on Friday night recognized service to the Dallas area in the last year.


Polk Free Community Clinic, part of Salem Free Clinics, received the 2018 Organization of the Year Award. P.J. Johnson presented.

Honorees were Polk Community Free Clinic (Organization of the Year); Matt Tucker, (Young Professional); Makayli Laizure (Junior First Citizen); Stephanie Earhart (First Citizen); Dutch Bros. (Business of the Year); and Rose Burgett (Lifetime Achievement).


Matt Tucker, the operations manager at MAK Grills, won the 2018 Young Professional of the Year. Rod Dunham presented the award.


Makayli Laizure, center, is the first recipient of the Junior First Citizen Award, now given to those 18 and younger. Ryan Rowley, left, presented the award.

“Stephanie’s servant heart is also capable of very strong leadership, impeccable integrity and loyalty,


Shelli Gowdy, at podium, talks about her mom, Rose Burgett, second from right, during the Lifetime Achievement Award presentation. Burgett is the 2018 recipient of the award.

a work ethic that makes me exhausted just watching her, and a sense of responsibility that means


Stephanie Earhart, center, won Dallas First Citizen. Michele Stein, right, presented the award to her Friday night at Eola Hills Wine Cellars.

she will finish the project she started even if she’s the only person left working,” said First Citizen Award presenter Michele Stein, the principal of Faith Christian School.

Similar words could describe all those recognized on Friday. An aversion to take credit for their accomplishments also was a common trait of the winners.

“I just want to thank everyone that’s here,” said Rose Burgett, the winner of the Lifetime Achievement award. “I love living in Dallas, raising my family here. I think that’s all I can say, but thank you very much.”

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