The Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce presented its annual awards during the glamorous 2023 Black Tie Gala held on December 8th.

Established in 1974, the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce’s most prestigious accolade is the Mary Award, named in honor of Mary Herschend and Mary Trimble, visionaries behind the Shepherd of the Hills Farm and Outdoor Theater. This award is bestowed annually upon individuals who play a pivotal role in the ongoing development of Branson’s entertainment landscape. A heartfelt congratulations to Ann McDowell, a distinguished member of the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge Class of 2019, for being named this year’s well deserved recipient.