CASA of Southeast Texas, Sparkling Roof, LLC and K.A.T. Excavation and Construction Inc. are the winners of the 2016 Torch Awards for Marketplace Trust presented Tuesday night, May 10, by Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Texas during its 19th annual awards presentation banquet. The event was held at the Beaumont Civic Center with nearly 500 in attendance.
BBB Consumer Education Foundation, Inc. contributed to the scholarship funding that includes all four-area higher education institutions - Lamar University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College - Port Arthur, and Lamar State College - Orange. Proceeds from the Torch Award Banquet allowed BBB to contribute toward scholarships for college students across Southeast Texas. Total contributions over the past 19 years now totals to a quarter of a million dollars.
The event featured Beth Misner, Co-founder of BNI and BNI Foundation, as the keynote speaker. Howell Furniture's VP/Marketing, Shawn Hanley, served as the master of ceremonies. Christy Harrison, BBB LIT scholarship recipient, and Kennedy Andrews, Legacy Christian Academy 6th Grade student and Laws of Life 1st Place Essay Award Winner, were speakers at the event as well. The 2016 Friend of the BBB was awarded to Jed Dollinger, who has retired from Wathen, DeShong, and Juncker, LLP.
Finalists for this year's awards included:
Not-For-Profit Charity category
CASA of Southeast Texas*
Hope Women's Resource Clinic
For-Profit Small Business Category
Southwest Building Systems
Sparkling Roof, LLC*
Tiger-Rock Martial Arts of Bridge City
For-Profit Large Business Category
K.A.T. Excavation & Construction Inc.*
*2016 Torch Award Winners