Chamber Awards Banquet rescheduled; now April 3

The high school boys basketball team’s success this year has forced the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce to reschedule its annual awards banquet for April 3.

“This is a very exciting time for our Huskies,” said Andrea Culy, Chamber of Commerce executive manager. “Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to make one last change to our schedule for the banquet. It was set for March 6, and as you know, the Huskies made the playoffs.”

High school officials called chamber officials to let them know the school would be unavailable that night, she said.

The basketball team will play its first state playoff game at home that day.

“We are excited the Huskies are going to the playoffs this year, and because of the potential timing conflict for March 13, all parties involved have discussed that this date also would not be suitable for the Annual Awards Banquet,” Culy said.

The Huskies potentially could advance to the state championship game on March 13.

The week after that is Spring Break, Culy said, making it difficult to provide staff for the catering, and many families will be out of town.

“It worked out best for the high school if we pushed it out to April 3,” she said.

Unfortunately, that’s also Easter weekend.

Chamber officials talked with the event planning committee and school officials about that date, and while not good for everyone, it was the best for the majority of people involved.

“We have really considered all our potential dates with a lot of care,” Culy said. “We have decided that April 3 is indeed the best possible date for the Annual Awards Banquet.”

She also thanked participants for their patience and involvement in this process.

Organizers have already noted some changes that need to be made in the process next year to minimize potential conflicts, she said.

The banquet theme is “Celebrate America.”

The deadline for submitting nominations for First Citizen, Jr. First Citizen, Woman of the Year, Distinguished Citizen and Business of the Year has been extended to March 24. Nomination forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office, or they may be emailed.

The cost is $19.50 per plate. A half table, 10 places, costs $180. A full table, 20 places, costs $380.

For information, nomination forms or to reserve a table, contact the chamber at 367-6186.