Humorist Robert Alston will bring some down home southern laughter to the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Belle Meade Country Club.
Mr. Alston, who speaks on topics from kids and dieting to marriage and religion, will provide an evening of top entertainment for the 33rd annual banquet, said Steve Chalker, Chamber president.
"We listened to him prior to booking him, and he is really good," Mr. Chalker said.
Mr. Alston, a successful marketing executive, is a native of Georgia who returned to his home state where, as he says, "Heaven's just a local call."
His topic will be "I'm so Southern I'm Related to Myself."
Mr. Alston, who will soon be publishing a collection of humorous quotes and anecdotes called Thoughts From the Prone Position, is involved with community organizations including Campus Crusade for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Gridiron Club of the University of Georgia.
Mr. Alston's entertainment for the banquet is just part of the evening's activities; the Chamber will also present some special recognitions, including the Darrell Johnson Award.
"This is a good way for us to bring our chamber members together and to honor the person who is the citizen of the year (The Darrell Johnson Award), and we also announce the Small Business of the Year," Ms. Gilbert said.
"The Darrell Johnson Award goes to a very deserving person who has made a substantial contribution to the community over the years," she 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.
Admission 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.