Do you remember just a few years ago when the Chamber shifted the format of its Annual Meeting? That dates back to the days of Chairman Charlie Black (Wagstaff Law Firm). I think it was 2016.
Anyway, that’s the year we changed from what I’ve heard referred to as a “boring dinner” to a celebration of achievement of our community and our members.
No more keynote speaker. Live music. Great awards. All your friends.
And to think we thought it couldn’t get any better.
Well, it can. And it did. Mark your calendar for September 15 for this year’s event sponsored by Taylor Telecom. It’s going to be different, but a celebration for certain. Honestly, with what our business community has been through, you can rest assured that the emphasis will be on celebrating.
But it’s going to be different.
First, we will celebrate 60 strong years of public/private partnership. This year, our Abilene Industrial Foundation turns 60. And Abilene’s very own Jay Moore will be on hand to share some awesome history about all our community has accomplished through partnerships.
We will also officially launch a new brand for the Abilene Industrial Foundation, and are excited for you to be a part of that!
But as is tradition, we will also bestow our traditional awards. Whether it’s our annual Chairman’s Award, our Military Affairs, Young Professional, Redcoat, Leadership Abilene, Hispanic Business Council, or our Abilene’s Citizen of the Year Award, there will be no shortage of well-deserved accolades.
In fact, nominations for Abilene’s Citizen of the Year are open!
Finally – and get this y’all – we’re going to have the mother-of-all live auctions. Proceeds from the auction will help drive the Chamber’s mission of developing and promoting our area’s economy and quality of life.
If you’d like to help, we’d love to have you. If you’d like to nominate, we’d love to have it. If you’d like to sponsor or donate an auction item or package, please…by all means!
Here’s what I believe about this year’s celebration: it will be among our best ever, it will be the place to be on the evening of September 15, and your friends will be talking about it for weeks to follow. All the cool kids will be there.
Don’t miss out. The event is about celebrating. And there’s no better reason to celebrate than you.