Cunningham (left) with last year's Lifetime Award winner James Bush
Chamber awards this week
By Michael Butler
The Tallassee Chamber of Commerce Awards Night will be on Thursday, May 4 at the 1220 Cafe Warehouse. Tickets are $25 each.
"We can have up to about 80 people," Chamber director Jerry Cunningham said. A limited number of tickets remain.
The event was originally scheduled for March but changed to incorporate an auction.
"We're going to have an actual auction this year," said Cunningham. "We're going to make it more of an event. Every bit of that money goes to student scholarships."
Cunningham spoke of the live auction that has been added to the silent auction as in years past.
"We'll start at 6 and have an auctioneer from Mobile. The silent auction items will be laid out. We'll have heavy hors d'oeuvres catered by 1220 Cafe with Grove Station providing the beverages."
Bids may be made for the silent auction from Tuesday, May 2 at 12 p.m. until Wednesday, May 3 at 12 p.m.
"That gives everybody a chance to bid," said Cunningham. "Then the bids that have been received will be there on Thursday. People can actually come in and still bid. The bids will close that evening."
A variety of items will be up for bids including artwork, a Panama City vacation and private catering options.
"We'll recognize the Business of the Year, the Frances Wagnon Volunteer of the Year Award and Lifetime Achievement winner," Cunningham said. "We'll recognize some other people who have made a difference in the community. We'll recognize the new board members and outgoing board members. And we always recognize our gold members - the ones that have been involved for a long time and kept the Chamber going."
Restoration 49 was named Business of the Year in 2022. L.D. Bell was last year's Frances Wagnon Volunteer of the Year. The Lifetime Award went to James Bush. Amanda Glasscock was given the President's Award. Making a Difference Awards went to Ivy Creek Health Care and Dr. Melvin Russell.