The Chamber of Commerce is kicking off the New Year with its annual banquet Thursday, Jan. 27 with entertainment provided by Certified Southern Humorist Robert Alston.
The 33rd annual banquet, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Belle Meade Country Club, will gather together chamber members, local business leaders and elected officials for an evening of fine food and entertainment.
"This is a good way to get our members together and start our new year on the right track," said Carolyn Gilbert, Chamber director.
"We're looking forward to the banquet, and we're looking forward to the New Year. We are refocusing ourselves as a chamber to be more readily accessible to our members. We want to be there to help them whenever they need us," said Steve Chalker, Chamber president.
As part of the banquet, the Chamber will give out several awards including Small Businessperson of the Year and the Darrell Johnson Award.
"The Darrell Johnson Award goes to a very deserving person who has made a substantial contribution to the community over the years," Ms. Gilbert said.
The award, named after a businessman and civic leader who helped start the chamber in the 1960s, has been given every year since 1986.
At this year's banquet, Georgia-born humorist Mr. Alston will present the topic, "I'm So Southern I'm Related to Myself."
"He is really good. The entertainment will be some of the best we've ever had," Mr. Chalker said.
Admission to this year's banquet is $30 per person, and seating is limited.
For more information, or to make reservations by Monday, Jan. 24, call the Chamber at 597-1000.