Chamber plans ‘blue jean banquet’

Published 9:47 am Friday, January 6, 2017

It’s being billed as the “blue jean banquet,” and yes, you really can wear blue jeans.

“The theme for this banquet will be a wild west theme and our guests are encouraged to wear blue jeans and boots if they wish,” executive director Chrissie Duffy said. “Of course, business attire will be fine, as well.”

William “Billy” Canary, CEO of the Business Council of Alabama will be the keynote speaker for the 94th annual chamber banquet, and entertainment will be provided by Loop Rawlins, a wild west trick roper. The event is set for 5:30 p.m., Tues., Jan. 31, at the Kiwanis Community Center.

As in recent years, the event begins with a social hour, followed by dinner. During the evening, the Chamber also will present its Distinguished Service Award, President’s Award, Business of the Year Awards, Teachers of the Year, Student of the Year and other prominent community awards.

Rawlins is a former America’s Got Talent finalist and Cirque du Soleil performer.

Canary served as president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations in Washington, D.C., before taking the helm of BCA in March o 2003. The BCA is the voice of business and industry in Alabama representing more than 750,000 working Alabamians. The BCA is Alabama’s affiliate organization to the United States Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.

Tickets for general admission to the banquet, which begans at 5:30 p.m. at the Kiwanis Community Center, can be purchased in advance from the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce for $30 for chamber members, and $35 for non-members.

Premier reserved seating for sponsors also is available. Sponsorship packages begin at $250.

The deadline for sponsorship is Jan. 23.

Chamber members received banquet information in the mail this week.