By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Leader & Times
At 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, Liberal High School will be transformed into the likes of a red carpet event straight out of Hollywood, Calif., for the Annual Chamber Bash.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rozelle Webb said tickets are currently on sale for individual and corporate seating.
“You can buy a corporate table for $300 and get eight tickets or you can buy individual tickets, which are $40,” Webb said. “So, there is a little bit of a discount, plus you get to advertise your business. The business gets eight tickets to use as they wish. There are 10 to 14 people at each table.”
Webb added that although there will be 65 tables prepared for the night of the bash, 15 have been sold thus far.
Sponsorships are available for purchase on several different levels, Webb said. Prizes, she continued, will be awarded as well.
“Right now, we are getting sponsorships and corporate tables,” she said. “We have some sponsorships left. We have entertainment sponsors and dinner sponsors.
“Any business who buys a corporate table gets to decorate it to advertise their business and decorate it according the theme,” she continued. “First prize will be a $100 Chamber Gift Certificate, second prize is a $50 Chamber Gift certificate and third prize is a $25 Chamber Gift Certificate.”
Sponsorship packages are available to help offset the cost of the entertainment as well as the meal.
Entertainment Sponsorships are as follows:
n Presenting Sponsor – $4,000;
n Gold Sponsor – $2,000; and
n Silver Sponsor – $1,000.
Dinner Sponsorships are as follows:
n Gold Dinner Sponsor – $750; and
n Silver Dinner Sponsor – $500.
Webb is pleased to announce Brinnon and Marks of St. Joseph, Mo., have agreed to provide the entertainment for the evening.
“Our entertainers are Brinnon and Marks,” she said. “They are a musical comedy team. They do skits, they have audience participation, they do characters – anyone that sings, they can sound like them.
“They have a clean, high-energy act,” she added. “It will be great.”
This year’s theme is “Hollywood... The Red Carpet,” and Webb encourages those in attendance to dress accordingly.
“We encourage attendees to come dressed to fit the theme, but it is not required,” she said. “Dressing like a Hollywood star is suggested. We are also going to give some small prizes out to the best dressed.”
Over the years, Webb said, the purpose of the Chamber Bash has evolved into a time to honor individuals throughout the community.
“The main purpose is to honor people in our community who have done things during the year,” she said. “We honor our outgoing Chamber President, we give a merit award, a ‘Friend of the Chamber’ award, we honor the outgoing board members – that really is the reason behind the event. But, we have kind of turned it into a fun event that everyone wants to come to. It is also a great networking time.”
Webb would specifically like to thank two specific entities for their assistance with the upcoming Chamber Bash.
“National Beef is again going to provide the prime rib,” she said. “We really appreciate that. The KEY Club has been instrumental in helping us with the Duck Race in the past, and they will be helping with the bash as well.”
On the evening of the Chamber Bash, doors will open at 5 p.m. and the festivities will begin promptly at 6 p.m.
“We are expecting anywhere from 700 to 750 people to come,” Webb said. “It should be a great evening.”
Individual dinner and entertainment tickets are $40 and individual entertainment only tickets are $20, Webb said. She would like to encourage any business interested in purchasing a corporate table to call the Chamber of Commerce at 624-3855.