LEMOORE — The Lemoore Chamber of Commerce will host its 60th annual Installation and Awards Banquet next week, honoring some of the individuals and organizations that make Lemoore what it is.
The chamber will recognize Citizen of the Year (Dr. Ernie Smith), Business of the Year (Kings Dental Group), Organization of the Year (God’s Bread Box), and its inaugural Public Safety Individual (Youth Development Officer Jason Stephens).
“This was my first year getting to sit in on a nominating committee meeting and it was a great experience because you get to hear all of the great things that people are doing in this community, says chamber CEO Amy Ward. “It becomes really hard to select a winner when you have so many people in town who contribute.”
Assemblyman Rudy Salas will also act as installing officer for several new board members, who will serve three-year terms with the chamber.
The banquet, set for Friday, Jan. 19, will also feature its first-ever silent auction. Many items and services from local businesses will be up for auction, but what is almost guaranteed to be the night’s most sought after prize is an American flag-themed fiddle signed by country superstar Charlie Daniels that has been donated by the Friends of the NRA.
This year’s chief sponsors are Lemoore Van and Storage and Rossiter Realty Group.
“The night really is all about celebrating this city,” Ward said.
Hosted at the Bingo Hall at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, socializing and the auction begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 and the program at 8.
“At the banquets, when the past honorees are asked to stand up, it’s exciting to see the people who have impacted Lemoore,” said membership director Brittany Reece. “And they still come back [to the banquets] because they see the value in it and they see how great it is for our community to have it.”
Tickets are $65 and are still available. For more information, call 924-6401 or visit www.lemoorechamberofcommerce.com .