By Dawn Pearson
The Zionsville Chamber of Commerce is preparing to recognize the best in local business at its annual awards banquet, set for 6 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Palomino Ballroom.
The annual event will feature live music by Luke Kite, a cash bar, appetizers, dinner, a silent auction and the awards ceremony. Tickets cost $50 for chamber members, $55 for non-chamber members and $500 for a corporate table of eight. This long-standing tradition to honor local residents and businesses has grown larger each year, according to the Chamber’s website.
The Palomino Ballroom is located at 481 S. CR 1200 East in Zionsville.
Former athlete, business advocate and inspirational speaker Craig MacFarlane will give the keynote address, which is sponsored by Centier Bank.
“MacFarlane, often referred to as the world’s most celebrated totally blind athlete, has won more than 100 gold medals, the majority against sighted competition,” said Dusky Loebel, Zionsville Chamber of Commerce associate director. “He has set records and then exceeded them and has even performed as a professional athlete, the only totally blind person to ever achieve such success.”
This year’s Master of Ceremonies will be Zionsville resident Sherman Burdette, well known for his Fox 59 Morning News segments. Sherman is a two-time Emmy Award-winner who has worked many aspects of the newsroom, from editing and producing to the anchoring desks at stations around the country.
What: Chamber annual banquet
When: 6 p.m. Jan. 23
Where: Palomino Ballroom, 481 S. CR 1200 E, Zionsville
Cost: $50 for chamber members, $55 for non-members, $500 for a corporate table of eight
More info: zionsvillechamber.org
More on the Chamber
In 1961, the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce was founded with the mission of “putting Zionsville on the map,” per their website www.zionsvillechamber.org. “In its more than 50 years as an advocate of area business, the Chamber has seen and encouraged the town’s growth from a small, quaint village to a thriving business community.
Last year’s winners
Amy Lacy was named the annual Town Crier. This award is given to members of the community who have shown outstanding compassion and service.
Outstanding Volunteer Awards:
Lesley Hunt, Paige Alcorn, Kris Patel and Keith Pemberton
Dahlia Excellence in Service Award:
Patti Ferguson, Zionsville Animal Hospital
Community Service Award:
Zionsville Lions Club
Emerging Professional of the Year Award:
Bryan Traylor, Centier Bank
Business Professional of the Year:
Kelly Maucere, My Sugar Pie
Business of the Year:
Reindeer Auto Relocation