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The annual Chamber Awards Banquet will be held at the e Grizzly Mountain Pavilion on May 21, and partygoers are encouraged to dress up and get fancy

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - The last time the Chamber banquet was held at the Grizzly Mountain Pavilion was 2019, prior to the pandemic. The theme that year was a masquerade ball. Among the winners that year were Bill and Lissa Remington, owners of Bullseye Firearms, presented by Chamber representative Casey Kaiser, at right.

For the first time in two years, the Prineville-Crook County Chamber Annual Awards Banquet will be held as an in-person event at the Crook County Fairgrounds.

The celebration will take place at the Grizzly Mountain Pavilion on May 21. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and dinner will begin at 6 p.m., with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

During the previous two years, the annual award winners were announced and streamed on social media, complete with creative videos to highlight their accomplishments.

"This is a time to celebrate the Crook County businesses, organizations and individuals that have made an impact in our community over the past year," stated Chamber Director Kim Daniels.

The evening begins with a networking cocktail hour, followed by dinner, dessert and the awards program. It will be a formal event where the community has the chance to dress up and get fancy.

The dinner will be catered by the Sandwich Factory (Chosen by the banquet committee), with prime rib and salmon on the menu.

The banquet recognizes businesses, organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to the Chamber of Commerce, the business community and to the quality of life in Crook County. These winners will be announced at the banquet.

The final candidates were determined by a nominating committee. Ballots are distributed and voted upon by the Chamber membership.

"The Annual Awards Committee then tallies the results of the voting and determines the winner of each award by majority vote," indicated Daniels of the process. "The awards committee will keep the results confidential. The results will be shared only with the Board of Directors and staff of the Chamber until they are revealed publicly at the Annual Awards Banquet."

The Chamber has 10 award categories: Large Business of The Year; Small Business of The Year; Community Enrichment Award; Customer Service Award; Visual Enhancement Award; Citizen of The Year; Volunteer of The Year; Lifetime Achievement Award; Farming and Ranching Award; and Best New Business.

"The Kiwanis also uses our event to present the annual Cecil Sly Award," added Daniels.

For more information on the award categories, they are listed on the Chamber ballot that went out on April 18 via email. Interested participants who desire to register for the event are encouraged to do so as soon as possible, as there is a cap on attendance.

"Each year the Chamber looks forward to having the opportunity to recognize the businesses, organizations and individuals who make significant contributions to our community through their hard work, volunteerism and community spirit," Daniels went on to say. "We had a great response to our request for nominations, with over 100 suggestions coming in. There are so many in Crook County deserving of the awards."

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Prineville-Crook County Chamber Annual Awards Banquet

When: May 21, doors open at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Grizzly Mountain Pavilion at the Crook County Fairgrounds

Attire is formal. Tickets are $50. Please register as soon as possible, as space is limited.

For more information and to register for the event, go to

https://prinevillechamber.com/events/list-of-events/#!event/2022/5/21/annual-awards-banquet


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