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Annual community recognition event to be held Oct. 12, hosted by the Estacada Chamber of Commerce

PMG FILE PHOTO - These community members won awards during last years Chamber of Commerce recognition event. This years gathering is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12.

The Estacada Chamber of Commerce is planning a celebration to honor those who make a difference in the community.

The Chamber will host its annual Community Recognition event at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Fireside Room at Estacada First Baptist Church, 29101 S.E. Eagle Creek Road. The theme of this year's ceremony is denim and diamonds.

"It's a fun event to attend and see all of the jewels of the community get recognized," said Nancy Horton, office coordinator for the Estacada Chamber of Commerce.

Nominations are being accepted for Estacadian of the Year, Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year, Outstanding Public Employee of the Year, Outstanding Youth of the Year, Best Business of the Year, Outstanding Nonprofit of the Year and Outstanding Customer Service. Nomination forms are available online at and in print at the Chamber office, 475 S.E. Main St., and several local businesses, including the Mason Jar, 360 Broadway St., and The Country Restaurant, 341 N.E. Main St. They will be accepted through Tuesday, Oct. 1.

All community members are invited to the event. There will be appetizers, a photo booth and an appearance from Bigfoot. Chamber President Brent Dodrill will announce the nominees and winners.

"It's a night out in town where we all get together as a community," Estacada Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Christina Richartz said. "(As the Chamber,) our job is to unite and promote this community, and this is one of the many ways that we do that."

Though the event is free, those interested in attending should RSVP to the Chamber at 503-630-3483. Last year, approximately 120 people attended.

"Even if you didn't nominate anybody, you can come and enjoy the evening," Horton said. "You don't have to be a Chamber member."

She added the celebration is always enjoyable.

"It's fun seeing people have a good time," she said.

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