• 97th Annual Awards Banquet

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    Name: 97th Annual Awards Banquet
    Date: January 19, 2017
    Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CST
    Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
    Event Description:
    The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce 97th Annual Awards Banquet presented by Bank of Ruston will be held Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Ruston Civic Center.
    Awards to be presented by Chamber
    * Robert E. Russ Award recipient - Trott Hunt
    * Business of the Year - Frosty Factory of America, Inc.
    * Young Business Leader of the Year - Kourtney Keim
    * Ambassador of the Year - 
    Sonja Burris
    * Origin Bank Young Entrepreneur - Autumn Moon
    * Recognition of 5 Young Business Leaders to Watch - Sam Costanza, Wynn Rogers, Jonathan Magee, Summer Hammons, & George Lee
    Awards to be presented on behalf of Ruston-Lincoln Organizations
    * Ruston Rotary Club's Bill Best Humanitarian Award recipient Sue Martin
    * Ruston Kiwanis' Firefighter of the Year - Jordan Gray, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year - Eric Hanna, and Educator of the Year - Claudia Wagner
    * Lincoln Parish School District's Distinguished Partners in Education Award recipients - Whataburger & Temple Baptist Church
    * Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau's Hospitality Award recipient - Joshua Mitchell
    * Junior Auxiliary's Betty Robbins Volunteer of the Year award - Amy Stegall

    The Banquet begins at 6 pm. with a wine-and-cheese social sponsored by The Keg Package Store. Dinner will be served at 6:45 pm. Attire is business or semi-formal.

    Tiered level sponsors: Origin Bank and Hunt Guillot & Associates.
    Decorating sponsors: 2 Crazy Girls and Gumbeaux Productions.

    The banquet is also the time that the Chamber recognizes its outgoing board members as well as inducting the 2017 board members. Having completed their terms and rolling off of the Board are Patrick Blanchard - Louisiana Methodist Children's Home, Rodney Manning - The Ensure Agency and Neal Carter - Origin Bank.
    The 2017 Executive board appointments are as follows: Chair, Cathi Cox-Boniol, Lincoln ACHIEVE; Chair Elect, Finance & Membership Development, Lee Denny, Bank of Ruston; Community Development, Earl Smith, Wells Fargo Advisors; Organizational Development. Donna Ott, Hunt, Guillot & Associates; Program Development, Brandon Sutherland, Hampton Inn; and Immediate Past Chair, Patrick Blanchard, Louisiana Methodist Children's Home.
    Incoming board officers are Cathan Brooks of Henderson Financial Services, Kristi Hardaway of Princeton Place, Jessica Hughes of Riverport Creative Group, Marisol O'Neal of Origin Bank, Michelle Tolar of United Way NELA and Lindsay Tomlinson of Origin Bank. Continuing Directors are Sheila Bordelon of Lincoln Parish Assessor's Office, retired reverend Billy Harris, Randy Null of Ruston Artisans and LA Tech, Michael Gahagan of Country Inn & Suites, Josh Perot of LA Tech Sports Properties, and Emily Gatlin of LOTS. Marc Newman will represent Grambling State University and Lindsay Tomlinson will represent Origin Bank (Elite Level member) in ex-officio seats. Continuing ex-officio members: Dr. Les Guice, Louisiana Tech University; Courtney Hall, LP Police Jury; Kristi Lumpkin, Ruston, Louisiana Economic Development; Gregg Phillips, Experience Ruston; Doug Postel, Louisiana Delta Community College; Sheriff Mike Stone, Mayor Ronny Walker, City of Ruston and Ranaee Walley, Lincoln Parish Crime Stoppers. Chamber board members serve three-year terms.
    Tickets are $40 each for Chamber members, and $50 for non-members. A reserved table for six, for Chamber members is $250, non-members is $325. Register online or drop by the Chamber office located at 2111 North Trenton Street.

    Event Sponsors:
    • Bank of Ruston
    • Gumbeaux Productions

    Tiered Level Sponsors

    Wine and Cheese Social Sponsor

    Decorations Sponsor

    Ruston Civic Center
    Date/Time Information:
    Thursday, January 19, 2017
    6-8:30 p.m.
    Contact Information:
    Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce 255-2031
    Tickets are $40 each for Chamber members, and $50 for non-members.
    A reserved table for 6, for Chamber members is $250, non-members is $325.
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