From staff reports
The Winston County Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet is set for Tuesday, April 28 at Lake Tiak O’Khata. The 58th Annual Banquet will begin at 7 p.m.
This year unlike the previous 57 years will have special significance as Winston Countians will take this time to remember the heroes of the April 28, 2014 EF4 tornado.
“We aim recognize what is great about the community and recognize the positive from the tragic event that affected so many in our county,” said Linda Skelton of the Chamber of Commerce.
The guest speaker for the banquet will be Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and First Lady Deborah Bryant.
“Both Governor Bryant and First Lady Deborah were of great help after the tornado and it is great to have them be a part of a night of remembrance and recognition.” stated Chamber Director Linda Skelton.
The banquet is a night to recognize those in the community for their service over the past year or over their lifetime. Each year the event recognizes The Man and Woman of the Year, Retailer of the Year, Industry of the Year, Forestry Award, Farmer of the Year, an Educator Award and Life Time Achievement Award winner. There will be some special recognition during the evening as well.
“The banquet is an opportunity to show your support to those who have given the community so much,” said Skelton. “These awards recognize and reward members of the communities who improved the quality of life in Winston County, whether through volunteer work or other contributions.”
Tickets for the event are on sale at the Winston County Chamber of Commerce and are $25 each. To purchase tickets contact the Chamber office.
“The banquet is a great opportunity to discuss moving the community forward even more,” continued Skelton. “We also have several people coming from around the state to participate.”
The Winston County Economic Development Partnership intends to bring the community together and promote commerce. The Chamber offers a means for nearly 200 businesses to work together in providing information, fostering development, and generating support for local business.