McDowell Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Banquet
Each year the Chamber hosts the Annual Membership Banquet, where chamber businesses, guests, and community leaders gather to reflect on the previous year's accomplishments, present the Duke Energy Citizenship Award, network, and be entertained!
Set for Thursday, March 12, 2020, from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Municipal Event Center, the McDowell Chamber is proud to feature vivacious, business-savvy entrepreneur Earl B. Hunter, Jr. Driven by success, Mr. Hunter plays to win and inspires others with stories that amuse, entertain, and motivate! He is the Founder and President of Black Folks Camp Too, a marketing-driven business whose mission is to increase diversity in the outdoor industry by making it easier, more interesting and more fun for black folks to go camping. (www.blackfolkscamptoo.com)
Come ready to be entertained as Mr. Hunter takes the mic to share not just lessons from his own story but showcases the impactful work of the Chamber in the community. Everyone has a story, from the ever-friendly mail deliverer to the sweet couple that owns the local dry cleaner's shop. Our stories reveal who we are, what we value, and sharing those stories helps build relationships and trust. From business success stories to impacting homeless youth, the Chamber's story is about helping McDowell County reach its greatest potential. Going beyond the standard business promotion, you'll hear how building relationships and connecting the right people have created economic growth, established leadership and mentorships for youth, fostered an entrepreneurial spirit, awarded scholarships, and more.
The event is open to the public and will be held at the Chamber and City of Marion's new Municipal Event Center from 5:30- 9 p.m. Expect to laugh, be inspired and have a memorable evening. We will have delicious, locally-sourced dinner along with beer and wine from Mica Town Brewery.
The prestigious Duke Energy Citizenship Award will be presented by Robin Nicholson, Government & Community Relations Manager for Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC. The award was conceived in 2004 as a tribute to 'individuals or groups who make a difference in their communities or places of work by using their time, talents and compassion to positively impact the lives of others.' Recipients of the award help foster a culture of citizenship and service that act as a catalyst for others to become involved in civic and social activities. Something the Chamber strongly endorses as one of its four areas of focus. Last year's winner was Dawna Ledbetter of the McDowell County Senior Center!
The event is brought to you by the generous sponsorship of Duke Energy, Mountain Ridge Health & Rehabilitation, Corpening Memorial YMCA, and G.E.M Constructors. The Citizenship Award is provided by Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC.
This event sold out last year so get tickets early. The public is encouraged to come and spark your passion for community engagement for a better McDowell. Make sure you share the event with your friends and family by using the social media buttons at the top right.