This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Westies, an award presentation organized by the Westlake Chamber of Commerce, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary.
The Westies luncheon will take place Feb. 28 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Hotel Granduca, located at 320 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., West Lake Hills, and tickets are available through the chamber.
The Westies recognize the Westlake community’s outstanding residents, with awards including the 2019 Educator of the Year and 2019 Young Citizen of the Year award. Finalists are selected by an independent panel of judges, with more than 75 individuals and companies receiving a nomination this year.
“We received a record number of nominees this year and all of them were outstanding. I am touched by all of the nominees for their passion, drive and creativity to make a difference,” said Cathy Hoover, the executive director of the Westlake Chamber of Commerce.
Voting began Jan. 13 and will stay open until Feb. 6, according to a press release from the chamber.
The event, which is sponsored by Baylor Scott & White, will feature a keynote speaker: Huston Street, a retired Major League Baseball pitcher, Westlake High School alumnus and current Westlake resident. Ron Oliviera, a former KEYE anchor and current Westlake resident, will be the evening’s emcee for the fourth year running.
The full list of 2019 finalists can be found on the chamber’s website and www.westlakechamber.com