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Member Celebration

Member Celebration

This annual celebration is a grand reception that honors incoming and outgoing chairs and provides members an opportunity to look ahead to the year to come. Each year, the Chamber selects recipients for the Legacy Award to be recognized at this event.

About the Legacy Award

The Chamber's annual Legacy Award is awarded to leaders in the Greater Waco community who support the Chamber and build our community. Started in 2018, this award recognizes people who have dedicated their lives to the betterment and growth of Greater Waco.

In 2021, the presentation of the Legacy Award will take place at the Mid-Year Membership Luncheon.

2020 - Jack Kultgen

In 2020, one of the Legacy Awards was presented, posthumously, Jack Kultgen.

As you drive around Waco, you cannot help but notice the Kultgen name. J. H. Jack Kultgen’s lasting and incredible impact on our community is evident all around us, from the Jack Kultgen Expressway to the long-standing Ford dealership, Bird-Kultgen.

2020 - Jim Hawkins

In 2020, two Legacy Awards were presented. One was presented to Jim Hawkins, who was instrumental in building Waco into the community it is today. Hawkins was a dedicated businessman and he dedicated his life to supporting the community around him.

2019 - Virgina Dupuy

In 2018, the Chamber presented our annual Legacy Award to Virginia DuPuy, a Central Texas business owner and longtime Chamber supporter and community builder. DuPuy has been an influential community and civic leader in Waco for over 60 years. Boasting an impressive resume, she has received many honors and awards during her lifetime.

DuPuy served as chairman of the Greater Waco Chamber in 2000, Waco City Council 2004 – 2005, as mayor of the City of Waco in 2005 – 2010, and she is the co-founder of Prosper Waco. Serving and volunteering with numerous boards and charities across Waco, DuPuy’s dedication to community improvement has had a positive impact on shaping Greater Waco.

2018 - Tom G. Salome

The inaugural Legacy Award was presented to Tom G. Salome, Jr., a Central Texas business owner and longtime Chamber supporter and community builder. Salome has been an influential community and civic leader in Waco for over 50 years. Boasting an impressive resume, he has received many honors and awards during his lifetime.

Salome served as chairman of the Challenge Greater Waco Capital Campaign, which raised nearly $7.4 million dollars, and helped fund the construction of the current Chamber headquarters building and the development and introduction of a modern, dynamic economic development strategic plan to guide the Greater Waco Chamber’s work. Serving and volunteering with numerous boards and charities across Texas, Salome’s dedication to economic development and community improvement has had a positive impact on shaping Greater Waco.