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Katy Magazine Honors 'Katy People of the Year' at Awards Ceremony


December 12, 2017

Eight outstanding Katy people are honored with special appearance by past and current City of Katy mayors

Katy Magazine's annual Katy People of the Year Awards were held on Tuesday, December 12 at the Katy Area Economic Development Council's General Assembly Meeting. Katy Magazine publishers, Katrina and Matt Katsarelis, presented awards to eight outstanding residents of the greater Katy Area. The event was held at the the Fry Road MUD buliding located at 20111 Saums Road in Katy.

Photo caption: Katy Magazine People of the Year Honorees with Katy Magazine publishers

The eight honorees each had their story featured in Katy Magazine's December issue and range from law enforcement to non-profit directors to the superintendent of Katy ISD, and many more.

There crowd was delighted to have a special appearance by several former mayors and the current Mayor Chuck Brawner. (see photo bottom)

The Katy People of the Year are listed below, along with the links to their Katy Magazine stories.

Katy People of the Year 2017

Click to read their stories below:

"We write stories on hundreds of Katy people each year, and the people we selected for this year have made a tremendous impact on Katy," says Katrina Katsarelis, Katy Magazine publisher and editor-in-chief. "Narrowing it down to eight, is always a major challenge, but we think each of these honorees is extremely deserving. We are proud to honor them with this award."




There was also a special guest appearance by most of the past and present City of Katy Mayors who came to honor Chief Hastings on his award. The mayors included: (Left to right) Fabol Hughes, Don Elder, (Police Chief Hastings) Doyle Callender, current Mayor Chuck Brawner, and Skip Connor. Not pictured: Hank Schmidt and Johnny Nelson, who was ill and could not make the event.


This is the third year Katy Magazine has announced its Katy People of the Year. Past honorees included the following:

Andy Kahan, a dedicated crime victims’ rights advocate

Avadele Short, a 93-year-old avid hospital volunteer

Bob Bryant, Katy ISD’s former director of Fine Arts and new school namesake

David Morrison, a community superhero who volunteers as HolyBatman to brighten the lives of children

Karen Sparks, Katy ISD Educator who has inspired hundreds of students

Kay Callender, founder of Keep Katy Beautiful whose projects have won many awards

Nolan Stilwell, creator of Sweet Heat Jam Co. and who also has Down syndrome

Peter McElwain, Katy ISD’s leading planner and architect who is retiring after 18 years

Stan Stanley, founder of the Katy Area EDC, school namesake, and community leader (Posthumous honoree who passed away March 29, 2016)

Tina Hatcher, founder of Hope Impacts, an organization that helps transform the lives of Katy’s homeless,


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