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McEwen, Davis honored at Chamber banquet

February 4, 2011

Former Big Spring mayor Russ McEwen and longtime Big Spring Refinery administrator Verna Davis were named the 2010 Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce Man and Woman of the Year Thursday night, as the organization celebrated another year of promoting Crossroads businesses.

Jeanie Knocke, the 2009 Chamber Woman of the Year, presented the award to Davis, lauding the Big Spring woman for her hard work and determination to make the Crossroads area a better place to live.

“In 2005, when our community came together to provide refuge for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, she (Davis) managed more than 220 volunteers who assisted the 100 evacuees,” Knocke told the audience. “After that weekend she continued to work with those families to meet their everyday needs.

“This is a tremendous honor for me to be able to present this award because she is a very good friend of mine. A hard worker and a woman of character, tonight we put the spotlight on Verna Davis, our 2010 Woman of the Year.” Davis — who has lived in Big Spring for more than 45 years — has volunteered countless hours with the local United Way, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Big Spring State Hospital, Salvation Army, Human Society of Howard County and Keep Big Spring Beautiful.

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