Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce Winter Banquet tickets still available

Tickets are still available for the 41st annual Winter Banquet and Silent Auction on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m., at The Center at Bishop. However Monday is the last day for ticket sales.

“We are not in the office on Tuesday,” noted Chamber Executive Director Rae Ann Fields. “We will be at the Center setting up. So, if you want tickets, call Monday.”

The Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet is the largest gathering of professional and business people in the Bryant area of the year. The committee expects a crowd of more than 400 people at the Center at Bishop Park.

“We are excited to hold our banquet at this great facility and we are equally as excited about some of the great silent auction items that have been donated,” noted Fields. “We have some high dollar items this year – a gun, Oaklawn packages including meals, jewelry and several Valentines Day gifs.

“I am always awed by our donor’s creativity and grateful for their generous support,” she added.

This year instead of a featured speaker, The Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce will feature people in the community who have shown outstanding service to the community.

“It is the people who are building up our community, who are contributors on a large scale engaged in promoting activities that will make us greater and greater, that we will recognize,” noted Allison Ramsey of Staffmark, Winter Banquet Committee Chairman.

The event is sponsored by Landers Auto of Saline County.

A total of 28 Community Commitment Award recipients were nominated by Chamber members and then selected by out of town committees from other chambers to insure no bias in the selection. They review the nominators’ notes and the nominated’s information that they turn in on themselves, their companies or organization.

The Chamber will give a Woman of the Year, Man of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year and Organization of the Year award.

The silent auction will provide a forum for local businesses and organizations to showcase their services, goods or products.  This year a table of Valentine gifts will be featured.

“We do the silent auction as a fund raiser for the Chamber, but it also functions as a way for attention to be drawn to a business,” noted Michelle Finney of Mr. Fix It, subcommittee co-chair for the Silent Auction. “Your message can come across loud and clear with the selection of the right item.”

“Certainly anyone in the community may contribute to the silent auction and anyone in the community may attend the Winter Banquet,” noted Nina Castaldi of Simmons First Bank (formerly Metropolitan Bank), co-chair for the auction.

The menu for the night, catered by Dinner’s Ready, is Beef Tenderloin Tips with White

Wine/Mushroom reduction, Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes, Green Beans Almondine, salad, rolls, French

Vanilla Silk or Strawberry Whipped Cake.

Tickets are $30 per individual or $28 each if a table of eight is reserved.

Reservations may be made by calling 847-4702, e-mailing to or by responding the Bryant Area Chamber of Commerce emailed invite.

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