Among city leaders and the business community, the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce honored its first ever Man and Woman of the Year at its annual Installation Banquet on Oct. 3.
Estella Treviño and Cullen R. Looney were recognized as two individuals among many who have made an everlasting impression on others in the community, according to Chamber leaders who held their “Havana Nights” event at the Social Steak House and Club on Saturday evening with a banquet and dance, also a first for the Chamber.
The event honored Lee Castro and Cynthia Bocanegra as outgoing and incoming chairperson respectively, for the Chamber. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Hidalgo County Pct. 4 Commissioner Oscar L. Garza.
“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.
Mrs. Treviño has led a storied life, from her birth on August 6, 1922 through today. Born in Red Gate, Texas to Jack and Estella Lane, she graduated from Edinburg High School in 1939 at the age of 16. Her business career began at an early age, earning her beautician’s license and opening her own beauty salon at the age of 18. She married the love of her life; Jose Luis Trevino on June 27, 1946 and the happy couple had one daughter, Chiqui, who married George Guerra and now reside in McAllen. She has 3 grandchildren, Brian Joseph, Leanne Marie and Steven Michael.
Man of the Year Cullen Looney was born in 1946 in Edinburg, Texas to Margaret M. and J.C. Looney. He graduated from Edinburg High School in 1964, attended Texas A&M University and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance in 1968. He went on to earn his Doctors of Jurisprudence in 1973 from the University Of Texas-Austin School Of Law. After serving three years in the United States Army as a 1st Lieutenant. He returned to his hometown and established a successful law practice with Kelley Looney Law Firm.
The Chamber of Commerce also presented Dr. Walter Greene as the Chamber Champion of the Year, and Doug Martin of Martin Farm & Ranch Supply with the Outstanding Leadership Award. Primary
Teacher of the Year was awarded to Ms. Olga Martinez, and ECISD Secondary Teacher of the Year was given to Ms. Jennifer Cabello.
Clarice Martinez was honored as the City of Edinburg Employee of the Year. City of Edinburg Fireman of the Year went to Ubaldo D. Perez.
Special thanks goes to The City of Edinburg, Lee Castro with Memorial Funeral Home, Cynthia Bocanegra with Chaps Bar & Grill, the Man and Woman of the Year special committee, County Commissioner Oscar Garza, Chaps Bar & Grill, Charles Clark Chevrolet, Doctors Hospital At Renaissance, Edinburg Improvement, First National Bank, G&S Glass, Horizon Properties, The Hotel Motel Association, IBC Bank, Memorial Funeral Home, Texas Gas Service and Sudarshan Eye Experts.