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Honors Night

Wichita has many outstanding people and organizations. The Chamber’s Honors Night recognizes some of our community’s finest, following a tradition started more than 50 years ago.

Honors Night celebrates an outstanding individual, an exceptional young professional, exemplary corporate citizens, exceptional commitment to the community, and a striking architectural achievement. All of the honors have special meaning because each contributes to the greater well-being of our community.

On this special night, the business community gathers to say "thank you" to our honorees, who are indeed worthy. In recognition of this fact, their names will be enshrined on the "Wall of Honor" in the Chamber building, forming another stitch in the historic fabric of the Wichita area.

Our 2017 honorees were recognized at Honors Night on April 11.

2018 Keeper of the Plains Nomination Form

The Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the prestigious Keeper of the Plains award that is presented annually in honor of an outstanding architectural achievement.

The Keeper of the Plains award committee considers aesthetic quality, degree of improvement, visibility, and maintenance when determining a winner. The award will be presented at the Chamber’s Honors Night banquet in spring 2018.

Please complete the form below by October 6, 2017. If available, please include before and after photos of the project.

Criteria for Nomination:

  • Construction must have been completed between January 1, 2014 and July 1, 2017.
  • Projects must be within Sedgwick County, but cannot be a public tax-supported entity.
  • There are no limits on the physical or monetary size of the project.
  • The recipient must be a member of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce.
  • The video cost associated with this honor will be the honoree’s responsibility. 

Criteria for Award Recipients:

  • Aesthetic Quality – the project is visually appealing (including landscaping and design)
  • Degree of Improvement – the project substantially improved the physical environment
  • Visibility – the project is clearly visible to the general public and easily seen by visitors
  • Maintenance – the project is continuously well-kept, nearly litter-free, painted, mowed or clipped, as appropriate

For more information, contact Rachel Douglass at (316) 268-1127 or  

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2017 Uncommon Citizen award | Dawson Grimsley, retired President and Owner of Davis-Moore Auto Group
Established in 1974, this award recognizes individuals who have served their community year after year in an extraordinary capacity - making outstanding contributions to the civic and cultural institutions in Wichita. 

2017 Spirit of Wichita award | Foley Equipment Company
Established in 2002, this award is given to an organization or not-for-profit organization that received the Over the Years award at least 20 years ago, in recognition of its continued strength of employment, leadership, innovation, and community involvement.

2017 Over the Years award | Conco Construction and Howard + Helmer Architecture
The Over the Years award is given to companies and organizations that have exhibited a long-standing performance as good business citizens and are major contributors to our area’s economic well-being.

2017 Keeper of the Plains award | Wichita Art Museum Art Garden
The requirements for this award include: aesthetic quality; improvement to the physical environment; visibility to the general public; and a well-maintained appearance.

2017 Exceptional Young Leader award | Chris Callen, CEO of Builders Plus Construction and Grit Virtual
The Exceptional Young Leader award provides premiere recognition of extraordinary young talent through service to community and noteworthy accomplishments. Candidates for Exceptional Young Leader shall have a history of demonstrated leadership within their job and philanthropic involvement. This award is presented as an encouragement for exceptional performance by young men and women.

Promoting Wichita Pride
Promoting Wichita Pride
I have lived in Wichita for more than 20 years, and I am always more proud of this city and its productive, generous people after attending Honors Night. -- Mary Beth Jarvis, Wichita Festivals, Inc.
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