The Irving Chamber‘s 2013 Annual Meeting included the announcement of a major event as well as the presentation of two awards. The big news was delivered by Trammell S. Crow, the founder of Earth Day Dallas. Crow announced next year’s event on April 26 and 27 will be renamed Earth Day Texas to reflect its growing scope. “It’s my pride and joy,” Crow said about the environmental event. He urged businesses to participate, especially so they can spread the word about their green practices. He also gave a shout out to Irving’s Net-Zero school, Lady Bird Johnson Middle School. The meeting also included a brief year in review by outgoing board chair Daryl Walker and an introduction of new board chair Mike Gonzales.
Award recipients were Tommy Gonzalez, who received the Mustang Legacy Award, and Fran Bonilla, winner of the Jennings Smith Community Service Award. Chamber president Chris Wallace recognized outgoing board members and new board members. There was also one check presentation. The Chamber’s One Irving group presented $50,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters for its efforts in helping Irving schools. Among the guests were Mayor Beth Van Duyne, council member Rose Cannaday, interim city manager Steve McCullough and Maura Gast of the ICVB.