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Awards, food, auctions and more at Winter Gala

Awards, food, auctions and more at Winter Gala

Citizens and businesses of Lake County will be recognized at the 68th annual Lake County Chamber of Commerce’s Winter Gala this weekend.  The awards banquet and fundraiser for the Chamber will be hosted at the Lakeview Elks Lodge, 323 N F St. on Saturday, Jan. 18.



Dr. Steven Meneses, the executive director of the Klamath Community College Foundation, has been chosen as speaker for the event, with local Bob Kings, owner of the Lakeview Lodge, acting as master of ceremonies.

Meneses came to Klamath Falls from Chicago, Ill., where he worked as an entrepreneur, banker and president of a financial marketing company.  His presentation for the evening will be about ‘Investing in Lifelong Education’ and will be accompanied by PowerPoint slides.

Tickets are $30 per person, and the evening will feature opportunities to win or bid on dozens of raffle and auction items including a two-person trip to Africa.  Social hour starts at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. and awards presented at 8 p.m.; the main course for dinner is New York Steak.

Awards this year will be the traditional Junior and Senior First Citizen Awards as well as a Special Citizen Award, Chamber President’s Award, Educator of the Year Award, Merchant of the Year Award and a Community Improvement Award.

The 2013 Junior and Senior First Citizens, Barb Stephens and Dan Michaelsen, will be helping to choose this year’s awardees and handing out the plaques.  First Citizens are nominated by the community for their contributions to Lakeview and Lake County as local residents and citizens.

Corporate sponsors of the dinner are Pacific Power and CenturyLink.  In addition to the regular raffles and auction, there will be a 50/50 raffle put on by US Bank, Branch Mgr. Aimee Kintzley to raise money for a Track Chair to give to a local disabled veteran.

Chamber Dir. Tallulah Chiono said she is planning seating for about 150 people and that those interested should call the Chamber to check on seating availability.

The Lake County Chamber of Commerce can be reached at 541-947-6040.

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