Bryant has made the “top” of several lists in 2009 – top 100 small town, top for jobs (Saline County) by CNN Money Magazine’s examination of the top 100 small town list Bryant made and second in the top 10 growth cities in Arkansas by Gadberry Group.
But there is another “top” list to go. The Chamber will unveil the top 10 reasons to live in Bryant — a more unconventional list — at its Winter Banquet sponsored by Everett Buick Pontiac GMC on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Pulaski Technical College. Silent Auction is at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is at 6:45 p.m.[more]
Christina Munoz speaking on “Making Memories”, who co-authored the book by that name celebrating the life of KATV Channel 7 anchor Anne Pressley, is featured speaker for the event.
“We are excited to have Christina to talk about Anne. Anne certainly lived in a larger than life way. Anne’s way of living just seemed to fit with our theme,” said Allison Ramsey, co-chairperson for the event.
Jack Carney will emcee the event. The menu is Chicken with Crème Sherry Sauce, Green Beans with Toasted Almonds, Wild Rice, Salad, Rolls, and Dessert. The Pulaski Technical College Culinary School will prepare the food.
The Winter Banquet will feature a silent auction, too. Area business people who want visibility for their products or services donate items for bidding. Donors do not have to be Chamber members. Some donors are not business people, just people in the community who have something to give to help the Chamber out.
“We have packages this year for going to shows, out to eat, memberships for training facilities, rooms with hot tubs, golf packages. It looks like everyone wants to do something fun.” said Beth Smith, Subcommittee chairperson for the silent auction. Silent auction winners often walk away with good buys. Silent auction successful bidders must pay for and take home their items that evening.
The Chamber’s outgoing president will give a brief report and present awards. The 2010 president will be introduced and the new board members named.
This event draws the most Chamber members under a roof together in the year. Winter Banquet tickets are $25 per person if a table of 10 is reserved. Reserving a table gives the attendees designated seating. Tickets reserved individually will be $27.50 each. Individuals find their seats at tables not otherwise designated. Tickets have to be reserved in advance and will not be sold the day of the event. Call the Chamber at 847-4702 to reserve. Nice business or “smart” dress is the usual attire.
Attendees are asked to enter at the Main Entrance (east side) of the building. Classes will be in session and this allows less disruption of the campus’ normal activities.