This recipient supports our town, and during this event, it’s our chance to reciprocate that support. To give back for all the hard work the recipient does for our community, we put together a fun and casual “roast and toast” dinner.
During the Outstanding Civic Leadership Event we honor the recipient by showing a slideshow of pictures representing who they are, and who they are to our community. We bring guest speakers, close family, friends, and members of the community to celebrate this honor with them.
This year, the event was hosted at The Brick Ballroom in downtown Siloam Springs, which started at 6 p.m. The 11th annual event honored it’s first ever couple, Tim and Brenda McCord, with a catered dinner from Catfish Hole in Fayetteville. Tim and Brenda moved from Oklahoma to Siloam Springs, AR in 1987 with their three children; Elizabeth McCord, Trent McCord, and Suzannah McCord. Over the last 30 years Tim has worked in banking while Brenda worked at Tender Care Preschool.
The evening started with our President and CEO Wayne Mays giving a brief introduction stating that this was a time to have a “good time, and laugh”. Then Wayne Mays, introduced Pastor Pat Callahan from Community Christian Fellowship, who opened the night in prayer.
Following Pastor Pat, the Emcee of the night was introduced. Trent McCord, son of Tim and Brenda, started the event by saying “I am not a professional speaker, I am a dentist”, and “we’re going to be nice and in a little bit we aren’t going to be nice”. He went on to talk about what it was like growing up with his parents, and everything that they were always involved in. His parents served whether it was pee wee football games, their occupations, library fundraiser, or stopping to hug all the little kids that yelled out “Miss Brenda” when they were out in public. “They’re not just involved because their kids are involved, but because they love Siloam Springs”, Trent McCord said. They have been true leaders in our community who have been an example to many. “Thank you for presenting God’s light and friendship to everyone that you meet” said State Representative Robin Lundstrum.
The night continued with a proclamation by State Representative Robin Lundstrum and Mayor John Mark Turner. “On behalf of the House of Representatives for District 87, the 91st General Assembly in the State of Arkansas takes great pleasure in recognizing Brenda and Tim McCord for being honored by the Siloam Springs Chamber for being outstanding civic leaders”, said Robin Lundstrum. Mayor John Mark Turner proceeded to give an official proclamation that September 27, 2018 was declared as Tim and Brenda McCord day.
Following was the roasting and toasting which started with Trent McCord making jokes about his father's clothes, and his mothers love for animals. The roasting also included close friends and coworkers like Laurie Geurin, Joan Hubbard, Debbie Teehee, Steve Wilmott, and more. Friends like Randy Torres and Bonita Holroyd who couldn't make it, still got their roasting and toasting in at the event through a video!
The night was wrapped up by Tim and Brenda McCord expressing their gratitude to the Chamber of Commerce for putting together the event. They also thanked those who roasted and toasted them.
Written By Ana Castillo