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Release date:August 15, 2006

McDonald among hororees for SIFE Women in Business event

 PLAINVIEW – For more than 30 years, Evalene McDonald served the city of Plainview and visitors with her unique collection of imported goods at a little shop she called “Evalene’s Imports,” located just across the parking lot from her husband Pete’s “McDonald’s Trading Post.”

              Along the way, she made many friends and enjoyed quite a successful business as the “little shop” she first envisioned became a warehouse-sized outlet for unique items, collectibles and just about anything else imaginable.

              McDonald will be one of three honored during the Women in Business event hosted by Wayland Baptist University’s Students in Free Enterprise team. Specifically, the awards will be given at an after-hours reception on Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Nunn Business Building, featuring refreshments and guest speaker Sandra Aven, publisher of the Plainview Daily Herald. There is no cost and all women are encouraged to attend.

              The day will begin with a noon luncheon at the Plainview Country Club for interested women, featuring a round-table discussion of topics of interest to women in the business world. Information from the Small Business Administration on entrepreneurship will be available as well. A $5 donation is suggested to offset the cost of the meal, and an RSVP is encouraged by Aug. 21.

              McDonald was named Plainview’s Woman of the Year in 2003, noted as a person with a “quiet, gentle leadership style,” “honesty and integrity,” “one classy lady” and a “willing, cheerful volunteer with no desire for fanfare.” The Soroptimist International of Plainview organization named her Business Woman of the Year in 1985.

              Though a busy businesswoman, McDonald had time to get involved in her community as well. She served with the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce, once its president, was past president of the Woman’s Forum, served on the city Parks Advisory Commission and was a charter member of the Reaper’s Bible Class. She and late husband Pete were members of First Baptist Church and were strong supporters of the city and of Wayland.

              McDonald has two sons – David McDonald and wife Doris (who now run McDonald’s Trading Post and Evalene’s Imports, respectively) and Larry McDonald and wife Karla – and four grandchildren.

              SIFE will also honor Nell Hardage and Peggy Wall during the after-hours event. To RSVP for the Women in Business luncheon, contact Van Hoose at 291-1029 or Clements at 296-7760.