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March 21, 2014

66th Suwannee County Chamber Banquet is April 4

Live Oak —

The 66th Chamber of Commerce Banquet has been set for Friday, April 4, at the Camp Weed Youth Pavilion. This year, however, will be different with many features added to this year’s event. 

“This year the Chamber has enlisted several of our business partners to help sponsor the banquet,” said Austin Richmond, executive director. “Our title sponsor is Penn Oil and Busy Bee.”

There will be a social hour that will begin at 6 p.m., sponsored by North Florida Sales. 

At 7 p.m., dinner will be served which will be a catered filet mignon dinner. 

The menu will consist of a new south salad, filet mignon with port sauce, new south haricot vert (thin green beans sauteed with bacon, mushrooms and shallots), rolls and butter, iced tea and pastry chef’s selection.

Guests will be entertained with live music by the Band of Brothers, with dancing following the meal.

“This year several of our members have donated items for a silent auction and we will also have drawings during the evening for door prizes,” Richmond said. 

Richmond expressed the banquet is open for everyone, not just Chamber members. 

“We would like to invite everyone to attend,” he said. 

During the banquet, the Chamber will announce this year’s Citizen of the Year Award. To qualify for this prestigious award, the individual must be a community leader; have a positive attitude toward the community; good leadership abilities; community involvement; a positive influence on others; be a resident of Suwannee County; can not hold a current political office; and has not been a recipient in the last four years.

Last year, Wellborn resident Wendell Snowden was presented the Citizen of the Year award. 

The Trailblazer Award is also presented to an individual in the community who was nominated by their peers for making an impact in the community. 

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