Bryan Townsend, a member of the National Speakers Association’s Hall of Fame, is the announced featured entertainment. Chamber director Carol Emlich-Bates described Townsend as a “motivational humorist.”
“He has been doing this for more than 20 years,” Emlich-Bates said. “He was in broadcasting in Talladega, he did play-by-play sports announcing, he has been an advertising salesman and talk show host.
“I met him when I first moved to Alabama and opened a McDonald’s in Talladega. Rod (Emlich) and I met him and he got us involved in Jaycees. He is a wonderful guy and a great speaker.”
Jimmy Dale Abrams is scheduled to serve as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, and music is to be played by Ernie Brooks Entertainment and Music Group. The year’s theme is “Focusing on Our Future by Remembering Our Past.”
“The Chamber and the city, we are trying to develop a plan and focus for what we want our city to be,” Emlich-Bates said. “In order to do that, you have to look back at the past. We are going to have old pictures on place mats, posters and everywhere. Folks can look at where we have come from.”
The winners for Police Officer of the Year, Firefighter of the Year and the Sylacauga Beautification Council’s Citizen of the Year are scheduled to be announced. Also, the Chamber has planned to announce its grand marshal for the Christmas Parade and its new board members.
Nominees for business awards are:
Rod Emlich Outstanding new Business Award
• Kriskydoos Boutique
• Yoder Family Traditions
• Dairy Queen of Sylacauga
George W. Carr Outstanding Established Business Award
• Carden’s Gift Cottage
• Atkinson Real Estate
• Watson’s Paint and Body
Dr. Edward Gantt Industry of the Year Award
• Ameribolt Incorporated
• Fleetwood Metal
• J and M Tank Lines
Tickets are $30.00, or a table of eight can be reserved for $250. Tickets are available at the Chamber, Magnolia’s, Buttons & Bows and Palace Drug Store.
For more information call 256-249-0308.
Contact Matt Quillen at firstname.lastname@example.org.