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Commerce celebrates at 88th Annual Dinner

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Chamber of Commerce celebrated its membership at the 88th Annual Dinner on Monday, January 16 at the Huntington PAL Club on Riverside Drive. Over 200 attendees were welcomed to the event by master of ceremonies Michael Perkins, Parkview Huntington Hospital Foundation Director and Chamber board member.

Perkins noted that Chamber membership is growing and said, “58 new members joined The Chamber in 2011.” Perkins said, “That‘s better than one a week, folks.”

“The Chamber currently has 375 members, which is two shy of the all-time record,” according to Steve Kimmel, executive director. That is up from 294 members in 2010.

Seth Marshall, BSB Investments and chairman of the board for 2011, presented awards to individuals and businesses honored for their commitment to The Chamber and the community. Joe Burgess, Pace Auto Group, was honored as Chamber Volunteer of the Year, for chairing the Heritage Days steering committee and other time he devotes to Chamber and community activities. The Chamber Ambassador of the Year award was presented to Bobby Bailey of Bailey’s Coffee LLC.

Additional recognition, new to the Chamber awards program for 2011, was given to Good Humor-Breyer’s Ice Cream, receiving a Community Excellence Award. Marshall explained that “This is a company that supports all levels of community without any expectation of return; they’re always there, willing to help out and give to the community.”

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems received the Chamber Partner Award, also new for 2011. Marshall explained, “This organization consistently supports and participates in Chamber events.” The criteria for the award also states that Bendix sponsors many Chamber events, are a member of Leaders EDGE, are the largest supporter of the Chamber gift check program and have an employee that currently sits on The Chamber board.

Nicole Johnson, Edward Jones, and new chairperson of the Chamber board for 2012, was introduced to the gathering by Marshall, and Johnson presented Marshall with a plaque for his service to the Chamber. Johnson continued the evening by speaking to those in attendance, “I would like to take a quick moment just to thank all of you for being here, supporting The Chamber, supporting our community; without you, obviously, we would not be where we are today.” She continued, “Having a productive year cannot be done without the various members of The Chamber, you help us make Huntington a better place.”

Christopher Carter provided the entertainment for the evening by “messing with” the minds of those in the audience. The crowd was amazed, as while blind-folded (several times), Carter revealed detailed thoughts of selected participants. Carter’s act involved deciphering various information that he could not know, including playing card suits and numbers, birthdays, special numbers, first crushes and more. Carter also caused two light bulbs, provided by Juergens Do-It Center, to suddenly illuminate in the hands of two individuals selected from the audience.

Kimmel was pleased with the evening’s turn-out and thanks all those who attended. He said, “The evening was about giving back to our membership and I believe the night was successful in that regard.”