The annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet is set for Tuesday, April 14 at the DeKalb County Complex in Smithville.
“We are excited to again host this enjoyable and informative event. We invite the all the public to share in this fun-filled night of dining, entertainment, and Chamber video presentation of the past year’s events and activities as well as other updates including the introduction of our new Board, 2015 Officers and recognition of our retiring board members,” says Chamber Executive Director Suzanne Williams. “A common misconception is that this is an event for Chamber members only,” says Williams. “All are welcome to come. This is a wonderful networking opportunity and a great way to see some of the positive things that are happening in our county.”
The special evening begins at 5:30 PM with a “Silent Auction.” The dinner and program start at 6:00 PM. Dinner music will be performed by Tomomi McDowell. Josh Issac will sing the National Anthem as Boy Scout Troop #347 presents the flags. The delicious meal will be prepared by Chef Jason Evans of The Inn at Evins Mill. Leadership Director Jen Sherwood and the Leadership DeKalb Class of 2015 will serve the meal. “No Strings Attached” from New Hope Baptist Church, Alexandria will perform.
The keynote speaker for the evening will be WCTE TV President/CEO, Becky Magura. With over 32 years of experience in production, educational outreach and management at public television station WCTE, Becky brings to any project a level of commitment necessary for success. In 2006, Magura became WCTE’s 4th General Manager and has led the station team through digital transition in transmission and production as well as securing a second WCTE satellite studio. Nationally, she serves as a member of the National PBS Board and on the Association of Public Television Stations Board of Trustees.
At press time, Corporate Sponsors for this event are Caney Fork Electric, Cumberland Insurance, DeKalb Community Bank, DeKalb Community Hospital, DTC Communications / DTC Wireless, Fast Pace Urgent Care, Federal Mogul, FirstBank, Liberty State Bank, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas “Project Hometown Help,” NHC Healthcare, Regions Bank, Tenneco, and WalMart.
Being a Corporate Sponsor is not only a great way to support the Chamber and its many programs, but a wonderful marketing opportunity for you. The cost of corporate sponsorship is $250. Please see some of the advantages below:
•As a Corporate Sponsor, your business’ name will be included in the Chamber Banquet Tabloid which will be distributed to thousands of homes as an insert in the Smithville Review and used as the program at the banquet.
•Corporate Sponsor employees will be recognized during the banquet.
•Corporate Sponsors will be highlighted in the video presentation.
If you would like to place an ad in the Chamber Banquet Tabloid, it will be inserted in the April 8th edition of the Smithville Review plus used as the night’s program. Deadline to place your ad in the tabloid is March 13th. To donate a silent auction item or door prize, place an ad in the tabloid, or become a Corporate Sponsor, contact the Chamber office at 615.597.4163 or email email@example.com.
Banquet tickets prices are $25 per person and can be purchased by calling the Chamber at 615.597.4163 or from the Chamber Board of Directors. Or, you can stop by the Chamber office located in the DeKalb County Courthouse, Room 201. You don’t have to be a Chamber member to attend. Everyone is welcome!
Special thanks to our Annual Banquet Committee Members: Shannon Atkins, Joan Barrett, Jane Brown, Shan Burklow, Beth Chandler, Sherry Harris, Kathy Hendrixson, Jen Sherwood, Susan Young, and Julia Cantrell Vanderpool for all the work they do to ensure a successful night. We are also so grateful to Tenneco and Appalachian Center for Craft for co-sponsoring the banquet decorations and to DTC Communications for providing the eco-bags.
"We are going to have a great time and hope you can be a part of the Chamber’s 52nd Anniversary," said Williams