Archive for Thursday, January 17, 2008

Magical Chamber dinner planned

January 17, 2008

The De Soto Chamber of Commerce's growth has forced a change of venue of its annual dinner.

"We just outgrew The Crossing," Chamber director Sara Ritter said of the downtown site of the last four annual meetings. "I'll miss The Crossing and everything they bring to the meeting."

But with 175 members signed on to attend the event, Ritter said the chamber had to find a larger site. This year's meeting will be De Soto VFW Post 6654.

"We're very lucky to have the VFW," Ritter said. "It offers a place we can use and grow."

The meeting will start with a social hour at 6 p.m. Saturday at the post. Dinner will be at 7 p.m. with the business and awards presentation to follow. Magician Tom Brogoon will take the stage at 8 p.m.

Those who come early to the social hour will have an opportunity to view the items in the silent auction. They include four paintings by Gil Rumsey, who opened a gallery and frameshop in downtown De Soto last month. Two of the paintings will appeal to fans of Kansas State or Kansas University, Ritter said. Rumsey will made a painting for De Soto Middle School (the current City Hall) available for the auction.

The silent auction features a number of sports artifacts, including George Brett and Derrick Jeter autographed baseballs, a Paul Pierce autographed basketball, a Vince Lombardi photo with a collage of two of his motivational speeches, a picture of Willie Mays making his famous running toward the wall catch in the 1954 World Series signed by the Say Hey Kid himself, and a photo of Elvis with Muhammad Ali.

The meal will once again be prepared by Bernadette's Cakes and Catering. Although the same caterer has been a mainstay at chamber dinners, one thing will be different this year.

"Rather than a buffet line, the meal will be served this year because we have a little more room," Ritter said.

The evening's magical entertainment comes with the recommendation of Chamber President David Moore.

"Dave saw him and said he's very good," Ritter said. "He likes to get the audience involved - maybe someone not so outgoing or obvious. So that should be fun."

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