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The Carrollton/Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual banquet tonight, Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Conference Center at General Butler State Resort Park.
The silent auction viewing starts at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the auction benefit scholarships the chamber awards to local students.
The featured guest is Greg Steele, who will provide the evening’s entertainment with a hypnosis comedy show.
Steele’s everyday name is Grego Wilmoth, C.H., a hypnotherapist certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists. He is also a certified sports hypnotist with the National Exercise Sports Trainers Association.
Steele has been a motivational speaker for more than 12 years and an award winning comedy performer who has honed years of experience working hotels, casinos, schools, colleges, conventions, and other corporate events all across the country.
The main event of the evening will be the presentation of awards for beautification, community service and community impact.
- Nominees for this year’s Beautification Award are:
• Maguana’s Unique Gifts, for work that completely changed the look of its storefront at the corner of Main and Court streets. “They have done an amazing job with paint and signage outside the shop,” according to the nomination;
• The Carroll County Courthouse, for major renovations to the exterior this past year, including new sidewalks, new lighting, new paint and new carpet and paint in several offices;
• McNeal’s on Fifth Street for new paint and storefront improvements that “add to the beautification of our historic downtown”; and
• Monk & Marsh law office, also on Fifth Street, for “historically appropriate renovations to their storefront.”
Nominees for the Carroll County Community Impact Award are:
• First National Bank of Carrollton, for its continued support of local organizations;
• North American Stainless, specifically for its $50,000 donation to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for equipment for its physical therapy program;
• Walmart, for its continued community support; and
• Kroger, for its community involvement and high level of support during Race Week.
Nominees for the Raymond Ray Service Award are:
• Jeff Moore, editor and publisher of The News-Democrat, for his continual support of the community. “He is the editor at The News-Democrat and also the chair for the Carrollton Main Street Program. He has played a big role in several of our downtown events.”
• Nancy Jo Grobmyer. “She has had a big impact on Carroll County for over 50 years with her continued support of the community.”
• Kevin Craig, chairman of the Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism Commission and long-time member of the Carroll County Fair Board. “He and the fair board have generously donated their time, not only during the fair but during several other local events. He is also the owner of Craig’s Do-It Center, a hardware store and lumber yard in Carrollton. His business also plays an important role in town, with their continued help they offer to the community; and
• Sam Burgess, manager of the Carrollton Main Street Program. “He helps organize the First Friday events in downtown and helps revitalize our historic downtown business district.