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September 21, 2012

Annual Chamber of Commerce banquet draws near

WEATHERFORD — Time is running out for anyone wishing to attend the 92nd Annual Weatherford Chamber of Commerce banquet.

The event, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse facility, is nearly sold out with only a few tickets available as of Thursday afternoon, according to Event Coordinator Taylor Hall.

“We’re expecting to be completely sold out by the end of the week,” Hall said. “We’ve got 32 tables of eight so everyone will have room to move around.”

Hall said that if the need arises, a few tables could be added. The event is moved from location to location every year.

The event includes awards for individuals and businesses. Hall said the ambassador of the year; the Athena Award, an award given to women active in their community nationwide at various chambers of commerce; and the James H. Doss Award, given to an outstanding community leader, are the individual awards.

Business awards include the newcomer of the year as well as small and large business of the year.

“What we like to do is have the presenters be someone special to the individual or the business,” Hall said. “We started doing that last year and it was found to be very popular, so we will keep doing it.”

The incoming board of directors will be introduced as part of the two-hour ceremony. There will be no keynote speaker, as the focus of the event is on the awardees.

Items are still needed for the silent auction. Each business is being asked to donate an item of at least $50 and many of them have come through so far.

“We have a Kindle, a painting, a number of gift certificates,” Hall said. “We’re having a custom glider for a patio donated. A lot of really nice things.”

 Tickets are $40 each and are available at the chamber office or by calling 817-596-3801.

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