Tickets on sale for annual chamber of commerce dinner

EDWARDSBURG — The Edwardsburg Chamber of Commerce is beginning to gear up for one of its biggest events of the year.

Tickets went on sale Feb. 1 for the chamber’s annual dinner. Tickets are $25 per person. The dinner will take place at 6 p.m. March 7.

Tickets can be purchased at the chamber office, 26225 US-12, Edwardsburg, or from any of the following locations/people:

• Coldwell Bankers, via Dawn Bolock, (574) 220-1249

• Ontwa Township Hall, via Meryl Christensen, (269) 663-2347

• State Farm, via Lorie Bowers, (269) 663-7015

• Great Nies Community Federal Credit Union, via Tracy Snyder, (269) 414-4327

• Or online at edwardsburgchamber.org

The annual event will begin with appetizers, followed by a dinner of salad, bread, ham, chicken in cream sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn and a number of pies for dessert.

The event will also feature a discussion on real estate trends, from speaker Patty Lauten with Coldwell Bankers and silent auction items that have been donated by chamber members.

“The dinner is meant to get some of our members together so we can look forward back and see what we did last year and maybe look forward to what we want to do next year,” said Chamber Administrator and President Roy Smothermon of the dinner. “It’s mainly to thank the members for their help and participation and to look forward to next year.”

Smothermon added that the dinner will also serve as a networking event for the members of the chamber, in addition to being a thank-you to them.

“We always try to make networking a priority in all of our events,” he said. “It’s a way to get people out and about and talk with other businesses. We want to encourage people to get more involved in the chamber.”

Though the annual dinner has been taking place for nearly 20 years, Smotherman has only attended the last three or four, he said. He said that he always enjoys himself and finds the dinners to be useful, as a member of the chamber.

“I always really like the speakers, I always learn a lot,” he said. “The food is also really good, too.”

Smothermon called the event an informal affair that is designed to ensure that everyone has a good time and leaves knowing more about the Edwardsburg community than they did when they entered.

“It’s good food, a good speaker and good company,” Smothermon said of the event.

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