Quality of Life Award

The Quality of Life Award is Presented to Individuals Who Make a Positive Difference in McKinney

Each year, the McKinney Community Development Corporation presents a Quality of Life Award to an individual or organization that has made a positive difference in the lives of McKinney citizens. The Quality of Life Award provides an opportunity to recognize an individual and/or organization that works to make McKinney a better place to live, work and visit.

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Nomination Criteria

To be nominated for the Quality of Life award, the individual or organization must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Has made a significant economic, social or environmental impact on the   community
  • Is a public use project, facility or initiative that impacts the community at large
  • Promotes, develops or creates:
    • Affordable housing
    • Business growth or tourism
    • Recreational, cultural or community assets or amenities

For more information, view the Quality of Life Award Criteria and Winners (PDF).

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Submitting Nominations (Deadline to nominate: January 19, 2024)

You may submit a nomination in two ways: 

McKinney Community Development Corporation
Attention: Linda Jones
7300 SH 121, SB, Suite 121
McKinney, Texas 75070

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Award Presentation

Presentation of the award takes place at the annual McKinney Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Event.

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For More Information

If you have any questions or need additional information, please send us an email or call at 972-547-7654.

“Quality of life touches every aspect of a city. It affects the growth rate by attracting residents, the tourism industry by offering amenities visitors find enticing and the economic foundation by attracting businesses with a quality lifestyle for the workforce.”
Cindy Schneible, President
McKinney Community Development Corporation

2023 Award Recipients

Individual Award - Robb Temple

Robb Temple has been a true example of servant leadership in McKinney for more than 30 years. His community involvement is woven throughout various organizations and missions. He was a founding Board member of the McKinney Economic Development Corporation in 1993, and he was on the Board for the ribbon-cutting for the first Blockbuster Video in McKinney. He was also a founding Board member of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County and has consistently served on their Board since 1993. He served in several officer positions and was on the Capital Campaign to secure funds for the new Advocacy Center recently opened in McKinney. Robb served four years on the McKinney ISD Board of Trustees and twelve years on the Board of McKinney Christian Academy. He currently serves on the Collin County Business and Industry Advisory Council and as Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Family Health Center in Virginia, a federally qualified health center established under the leadership of Independent Financial, where Robb is Executive Vice President and Chief Government Affairs Officer. While his contribution to McKinney and Collin County is great, his service stretches beyond McKinney through Good Father Ministries, a faith-based nonprofit organization founded by Robb and his wife, Lisa, to serve underprivileged youth in the Dominican Republic.

Organization Award - The Seed Foundation

Founded by Rick Wells, The Seed Project Foundation funds educational, agricultural, and community initiatives that support sustainability. In 2022, the Foundation invested more than $405,000 in a total of 35 sustainability initiatives, including $75,000 to Community Health Clinic, $25,000 to Holy Family School, AND $25,000 to Hugs Café.

One major initiative of the Foundation is McKinney Roots, a five-acre non-profit donation farm in McKinney where everything grown is donated to local pantries, community kitchens, churches, and other community partners. In 2022 alone, McKinney Roots engaged 428 volunteers who donated 1,070 hours to support organizations working to address hunger in the McKinney community. The farm donated 36,000 eggs and 12,000 pounds of produce, contributing to 6,300 meals served by kitchens plus groceries to 250 families every week.

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Previous Award Winners

  • 2023 Robb Temple
  • 2023 The Seed Foundation /McKinney Roots
  • 2022 Angela Poen, Community Garden Kitchen
  • 2022 Grace to Change
  • 2021 Kim Sanchez, McKinney Little Free Pantry & more (Individual)
  • 2021 Feeding Friends & Family (Organization - Collaborative Program between Community Lifeline, Alliance of Elite Youth Leadership, and Mike Redeker) 
  • 2020 McKinney Fire Department - Community Healthcare Program (Organization)
  • 2020 McKinney Police Department - Neighborhood Police Officer Unit (Organization)
  • 2020 Mary Carole Strother, Collin County History Museum (Individual) 
  • 2019 Alliance of Elite Youth Leadership (Organization)
  • 2019 Juli Smith, All Abilities Playground (Individual)
  • 2018 Legacy Bank of Texas (Organization)
  • 2018 Colin Kimball (Individual)
  • 2017 North Collin County Habitat for Humanity (Organization)
  • 2017 Ruth Thompson, Hugs Café (Individual)
  • 2016 Volunteer McKinney (Organization) 
  • 2016 Jamie St. Clair, Empty Bowls (Individual)
  • 2015 Christine Hockin-Boyd / Community Lifeline
  • 2014 Maylee Thomas Fuller
  • 2014 3e McKinney
  • 2013 Tracy Rath
  • 2012 John Moore
  • 2011 Matt Johnson
  • 2010 Beth Bentley
  • 2009 Erma Beeson
  • 2008 George Webb 
  • 2007 Dr. Mack Hill
  • 2006 Harry McKillop
  • 2005 Gerry Ruschhaupt
  • 2004 Food Pantry
  • 2003 Samaritan Inn
  • 2002 Barney and Me Boxing Gym
  • 2001 The Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney

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