For the first time ever, the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce says it will honor individuals who have made an everlasting impression on others in the community.

The Chamber will announce its Man and Woman of the Year at its annual Installation Banquet on Oct. 3. But for the first time the Chamber has made anyone eligible for the award as long as they are an Edinburg resident, own a business or work in Edinburg.

The Chamber’s “Havana Nights” event will take place at the Social Steakhouse Club, and will include dinner, dance, cash bar, live music by Latin Beat, excitement and give-a-ways. The Banquet will honor Lee Castro as outgoing chairman for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce and welcome Cynthia Bocanegra as the incoming chairman. Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Hidalgo County Pct. 4 Commissioner Oscar L. Garza.

The Chamber will also recognize the Fireman of the Year, Edinburg’s City Employee of the Year and Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year at the event.

“A lot of people play an important role in making the community bigger. Not necessarily in commerce but in other things like volunteerism. That’s why we decided we need to recognize these individuals who do a lot for the community who we have never before recognized,” said Castro about the Chamber’s Man and Woman of the Year award. “It’s neat because we have a lot of prominent people in Edinburg and it’s great that we are finally making the time to dedicate something to them and honor them.”

The price to attend the banquet is $40 per person or $500 per table. Attire will be semi-formal. Chamber members and community supporters are encouraged to attend.