With the date of the 68th annual Lake County Chamber of Commerce Winter Gala Awards Banquet rapidly approaching, award nominations will be due by Monday, Jan. 13 by 4:00 p.m.
Nomination ballots are available at the Chamber, 126 N E. St. in Lakeview, where they should also be dropped off at once completed.
The awards allow locals to recognize other local citizens for their civic contributions within the community. On Saturday, Jan. 18, winners will be announced for Junior and Senior First Citizen, Chamber President’s Award, Educator of the Year and Community Improvement awards.
The banquet will take place at the Lakeview Elks Lodge, 323 N. F St., and will include a number of items to be raffled and auctioned off during the evening. Preceding dinner will be a social hour starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and awards at 8 p.m. The cost will be $30 per person.
No menu has yet been decided at this time, but plans are for a representative of Klamath Community College to be present as a speaker.
Raffle items will include a trip to Africa and a variety of other prizes, according to Chamber Dir. Tallulah Chiono. “There will be all kinds of prizes, things to do, things to eat, motel stays, etc.,” said Chiono.
The event functions as a means of recognizing local individuals and raising funds for the Chamber. Dan Michaelson was named as last year’s Senior First Citizen, with Barb Stephens honored as Junior First Citizen.
All those interested in attending the dinner may reserve their place through the Chamber of Commerce, also by Jan. 13. Seating for the banquet will be limited. Call the Chamber at 541-947-6040 for more information.