The City of Tallulah hosted a business appreciation luncheon, which also served as a kickoff for the Madison Parish Chamber of Commerce, Wednesday, where a full house was in attendance at the Tallulah-Madison Community Center.
In addition to updates on ongoing and upcoming projects from Tallulah Mayor Charles Finlayson, Village of Richmond Mayor Olga Butler, Madison Parish Port Commission Director Terry Murphy, Madison Parish Tourism Director Tina Johnson and Madison Parish Hospital CEO Ted Topolewski, Doug’s IGA owner Doug Curtis was also honored by the City of Tallulah with the 2021 Humanitarian Award.
Longtime Doug’s IGA employee Lisa Beal spoke briefly prior to the award presentation and said Curtis has been far more than just a boss to her over the years.
“In 2019, I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” Beal said. “Mr. Curtis did everything that he can to support me. Since 2019, he’s been there for me and my family. He just doesn’t know the love me and my family has for him.”
In addition to the award and updates from local municipalities and organizations, Murphy, who also serves as a president of the Madison Parish Chamber of Commerce, said chamber members are looking forward to getting back to business as usual following a largely inactive year in 2020 due to COVID-19. Murphy said the chamber will resume regular meetings in September.
For more on Wednesday's luncheon, including more photos, pick up a copy of the Thurs., June 24, edition of the Madison Journal.