PHOTO GALLERY: 2019 Benton Chamber Awards Luncheon

Bill McKee, center, is all smiles as he receives the 2018 Citizen of the Year Award from the Benton Chamber of Commerce. Also pictured, from left, are fellow Kiwanis Club members Brett Barry, Adam Eoff, Lisa Roth and Karen Carter.In recognition of the bravery and kindness shown by students, players and fans during the 2018 Salt Bowl, the Benton and Bryant school districts were given the 2018 Unity Award. From left are Chamber Board Chairman Steve Brown, Bryant Schools Superintendent Dr. Karen Walters and Benton Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Skelton.The Benton Chamber of Commerce also honored four retiring board members. Jeff Richardson was also presented an award recognizing his service as a former board chairman. Richardson will serve on the board for one additional year. From left are current Chairman Steve Brown, Leigha Jones, Richardson, Brent Jones and Chris Rollins. Not pictured is Justin McCauley.Valerie MacEntee was given the Ambassador of the Year award for the third consecutive year. MacEntee, who heads the Valerie MacEntee Insurance Agency, was given the award to honor her high level of commitment to the Chamber and its mission. From left are Chamber Board Chairman Steve Brown, Board member Karen Carter, MacEntee and Board member Doug Robinson.The Saline County Master Gardeners were honored with the 2018 Volunteer of the Year award. This is the first time that a group has received the award. From left are Kathy Lewallen, Phil McConnell, Ron Matlock, Sandy Rial and Sherry Faulkner.Travis Hester earned the 2018 Entrepreneurship Award in recognition of the success of taking Eat My Catfish from a local food truck to a thriving restaurant business with locations across Central Arkansas.Benton Mayor Tom Farmer speaks about his experience at the 2018 Salt Bowl before presenting the Unity Award to the Benton and Bryant school districts Thursday during the annual Benton Area Chamber of Commerce awards luncheon. Superintendent Dr. Mike Skelton accepted award on behalf of Benton schools while Dr. Karen Walters accepted on behalf of Bryant schools.A joyful Lynda Hollenbeck receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Benton Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, as her dear friend, Pat Stuckey, shares in her happiness. Presenting the award is former Chamber chairman Jeff Richardson. Also pictured is  current chairman Steve Brown.

All photos by Dana Guthrie/The Saline Courier.