THOMASVILLE — Before a capacity crowd at The Biscuit Company, the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce presented its annual Impact Awards, honoring non-profits, businesses and people in the community.
Thomasville Assistant City Manager Kha McDonald was named the Woman of the Year, and the Bob “Hutch” Huchison Legacy Award went to Brookwood School, which is commemorating its 50th year.
McDonald, who has been with the city since 1988, received a standing ovation as she was presented with her award.
She said one of her professors at Northwestern University always told her to be prepared for the unexpected.
“I didn’t do that tonight,” she said.
McDonald also pointed out she has long said that Queen Latifah — who is in a movie currently being shot in Thomasville — should play her in her life story.
“If you see her in town, tell her I had this planned out long ago,’ she said.
McDonald said the last year has been difficult.
“But lucky for me, I have a great posse,” she said. “Nothing I have done for the City of Thomasville I have been able to do without the support of the team members of Thomasville. I learned a lot about myself and I learned a lot about this community.”
McDonald also encouraged the audience members to stay engaged with Thomasville.
“There is no place like Thomasville. No place,” she said. “You cannot get the things you get here anyplace else. It is special place, a special community.”
Brookwood Headmaster Dr. Randy Watts said he helped write the scripts for his press box crew to read over the public address announce system during football games, a script that included a plug to vote for Brookwood for the award. And his crew included two officers of TC Federal Bank, which also was up for the award.
“So I sheepishly went up to Greg Eiford and asked if he would be willing to do this,” Watts said. “His response was touching and emblematic of Thomasville, and he said, ‘either way, we’d be winners.’” Watts said in the independent school world there is something called the smart bomb test, that if a bomb came and took the school out of the community, would anyone notice.