Chamber gala to salute town Tuesday

Published 12:17 am Monday, December 5, 2011

NATCHEZ — The Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce will honor the achievements of famous Natchezians at its annual membership gala Tuesday night.

Chamber President Debbie Hudson said the “Night Under the Stars” event will showcase Natchezians who have helped Natchez gain recognition with their past accomplishments and those who the chamber believes will carry Natchez into the future.

“I thought it was time we recognized where we have been, where we are and where we can be,” Hudson said.

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Hudson said Natchez’s own Lynda Lee Mead Shea, Miss America 1960, will be in attendance at the gala.

The gala’s program will include a documentary titled “Natchez Grows Greatness” that will highlight the lives of famed Natchezians.

Awards will be given to the Natchezians of the Year and local businesses. The event will be at the Natchez Convention Center, and black tie attire is optional.

Donna Schaffer will sing at the gala, as well as Alvin Shelby with community singers. The event will also include a silent auction.

The cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner is at 6:45 p.m. and will be catered by area chefs. Gala goers are invited to stay for dancing after the awards ceremony.

Tickets are $75 for members and $100 for non-members. Businesses can buy sponsorships and table seats for $2,000, 20 seats; $1,000, 10 seats; $500, five seats; or $250, two seats.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 601-445-461

Hudson said the chamber will also be celebrating 103 years, and she said the gala is a salute to Natchez’s past and future.

“The program is a salute to our town and to what we have, the people in it and where we can go in the future,” she said.