The crowning of the evening was certainly Aaron Schulenburg, executive director of SCRS, and Barry Dorn, Dorn’s Body and Paint, WMABA board member and SCRS past chairman, giving the Lifetime Achievement Award to Torchy Chandler, WMABA’s current president and longtime board member.
“Her sole desire is to see positive change in the industry,” commented Dorn. “She has willingly offered assistance to anyone locally or nationally. She steps up for any event.”
Schulenburg also commented, “This person is the first one to show up to organize the group and the last one to leave. It would be hard to find somebody as passionate and involved as this individual, and it’s been evident in her work with WMABA [and] Hammer & Dolly and her participation in things like the SCRS Affiliate Leadership Conference.”
Chandler graciously accepted the award behind emotions. She said, “I just don’t know what to say; thank you so much for this award. You don’t expect something like this. You just do it because it’s the right thing to do.”
WMABA thanks all those who participated in the celebration and encourages their continued participation and support of the association and the work it continues to do on behalf of the entire industry.