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June 16, 2014

Chamber adds some jazz to mix — Only days away now is a banquet-like event that in a sense represents a fresh approach for the Pauls Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Instead of a banquet it’s a “celebration” the evening of Tuesday, June 17 meant to bring local folks together to salute all the service given to the community by the unified work of many people.

With a theme of “Jazzin’ It Up In June,” the gathering is set to go from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. that night at the Bosa Community Center.

Leading the charge is Sherri Wing, who serves as the chamber’s president.

“We’re hoping to have a lighter atmosphere with this completely different format,” Wing said.

“We want it to be social and an event where people just enjoy themselves.

“This represents a new beginning for the chamber and the need for a little freshness.”

Setting the tone for the event is the live music of the Jay Wilkinson jazz group from Oklahoma City, along with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction with proceeds going to the chamber.

There will also be a few special honors given, including the traditional chamber citizen and corporate citizen of the year.

Salutes will also go to Howard Grider for serving this past year as the chamber board’s executive director.

Sharon Burgin is penciled in to serve in that role during the coming year.

Another part of the event receiving plenty of talk is the cash bar to be offered, which means beer and wine. There will be no “hard” liquor served.

According to Wing, that decision was not made lightly as a lot of people first offered their views on the subject.

“There’s that scary word, cash bar,” Wing said. “We knew there would be some push back, but we hope to have everyone’s support.

“We had a lot of input from a number of locals who wanted the banquet to be updated to a more modern event,” she said.

“I made the choice to go with a cash bar. The executive board talked about it and supported it.

“We’re all adults, all professionals. I think we have the ability to conduct ourselves the right way.”

Also set for the event is the unveiling of the chamber’s new promotional video of Pauls Valley.

Tickets for the event are now $35 with the price going up to $45 at the door on the night of the celebration.

Those tickets are available at the chamber office, 112 East Paul, or at online using PayPal. For more call 405-238-6491.

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