To say Darla Hall was shocked to receive an award from Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street would understate the look of surprise on her face when the announcement was made.
Same goes for Jim Stoddard of Budget Blinds, who let out a piercing ‘what?’ after the family-ran business was singled out.
Hall and Stoddard joined a host of other business and community leaders June 24 at Emaline Ballroom for DLSMS’s annual awards gala dubbed “Downtown’s Roarin’ Twenty-Fifth.” Hall received recognition for being a champion of downtown Lee’s Summit and the Stoddard family’s Budget Blinds took home a plaque for downtown business of the year.
“Pure shock, pure shock,” said Hall, the publication director for Lee’s Summit Lifestyle Magazine. She was rewarded for her efforts in supporting downtown Lee’s Summit businesses although she doesn’t live or own business in the area. “It’s one of those things you do whether you get rewarded for it or not, but when you are recognized it leaves you speechless. I have not received a better award in my entire life than this one tonight.”
“I was shocked,” added Stoddard, who was in attendance with his wife, daughter and other employees who help run the business.
“We’ve been doing this down there for a long time – we’ve been down there 12, 13 years – and it’s something that is near and dear to us and we always want to be in the middle of it. We wouldn’t go anywhere else … we will always be downtown as long as we are a company.”
Other winners announced during the 25 year-old organization’s latest gala included Cameron’s Home Furnishings (best window display); Walter Heid (Dale Hartley service award); Josh and Corey Norris (golden broom award); and Lynn Hinkle (Mary Stacy ambassador award).
The 318 was awarded the new Downtown Dynamo award, Lee’s Summit Police Capt, Jim Green and Sgt. Rod Schaeffer were honored in the outstanding public official category and the new Stanley complex featuring the Stanley Historic Event Space and the Aspen Room took home the top prize for outstanding special project.
Volunteer of the year was Suzanne Garrett, GardenWalk Lee’s Summit was named the top special event, Michelle Cacchio received an award as top rookie and the President’s Award went to Summit Theatre Group.
Pam Holmes of Lee’s Summit received the No Questions Asked Award.
“It usually is a family thing,” said Holmes, mother of DLSMS president Trisha Drape. “I would do anything for my daughter. But I enjoy helping out the community and serving wherever I can.”
The Roarin’ Twenty-Fifth theme of the night included 1920s era garb and table games such as Black Jack 21 and Roulette. Some attendees were awarded gifts for having won the most poker chips, including a young girl escorted by her parents.
The table games were a hit with Hall as well.
“It was fun; it was a blast,” she said. “It made me realize I’m a gambler.”