Chamber announces plans for annual banquet


By The Telegram

By The Telegram

The Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce has announced details for its upcoming annual banquet.

This year's event is set for Aug. 1, and will commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Chamber with the theme "Looking Back ... Moving Forward."

The banquet starts at 6 p.m. and will be held in the commons area of the Garden City High School, 2720 Buffalo Way.

Each year, the Chamber recognizes its members for their support and dedication to the community by bringing them together for a night of dining and entertainment.

"The banquet is a great opportunity to network with other business individuals in a relaxing setting," Chamber President Steve Dyer said. "We invite our members to join us as we look back on the last 125 years and look forward to a prosperous future for the business community in Garden City."

During the banquet, the Chamber will present the "Award of Merit" to one person who has exceeded the standards in their commitment to the Chamber and its goal of promoting local business. This marks the 30th year of the award, which is kept secret from the recipient until the night of the event.

The Chamber also will award "Ambassador of the Year" to one of the organization's 24 ambassador volunteers.

Following the banquet, the Chamber will move the festivities to the high school's auditorium for the "Classic Comedy Live" show featuring entertainment from comedians Dick Hardwick, Mrs. Hughes, whose given name is Carol Hughes, and Jack Mayberry. The show starts at 8 p.m.

The group is currently traveling across the country and is being billed as one of the best clean comedy shows in America, a press release said.

Each of the entertainers has made numerous appearances on Comedy Central, "The Tonight Show" and other well-known venues.

Video highlights of each comedian is available to view on the Chamber's website at

Tickets to the banquet and comedy show are available to all Chamber members for $50 each and will be available for purchase starting July 1.

Corporate tables, which seat eight, are available for $450. Banquet and comedy show tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office, 1511 E. Fulton Terrace, or via the Chamber's website at

General admission tickets to the "Classic Comedy Live" show go on sale beginning July 15. General admission tickets are for the comedy show only (no banquet) are $20 each and may be purchased at the Chamber office, or via the Chamber's website at Tickets may also be purchased at Baker Boot Company, 211 W. Kansas Ave., Garden City.

The presenting sponsor for the event is Tyson Fresh Meats, which will provide the beef for the banquet.

Other sponsors include: Platinum Sponsor: Samy's Spirits & Steakhouse/Clarion Inn and Finney County Convention & Tourism Bureau.

Gold Sponsors: Commerce Bank, Coldwell Banker, The Real Estate Shoppe, Palmer Manufacturing, a division of Worthington Industries, Golden Plains Credit Union, Black Hills Energy and Legacy Automotive.

Silver sponsors: Finney County Community Health Coalition and Westlake ACE Hardware.

Bronze Sponsors: United Wireless, Miller Rentals, VOLVO Rents, Garden Valley Retirement and Advanced Merchant Services.

For more information, call 276-3264, or visit

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