Burnet Chamber celebrating community involvement, citizens during annual banquet


BURNET — The Burnet Chamber of Commerce is throwing a party Feb. 9, and the guests of honor are the residents, businesses and community itself.

And you’re invited.

“It’s an opportunity to recognize individuals, businesses and community leaders for what they do,” said Burnet Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Winkler. “It’s really about coming together, having fun and celebrating the great people in our community.”

The banquet and awards presentation, the chamber’s 58th annual, is taking a silver screen approach. The event is christened, “Hollywood Nights: An Evening with Our Stars.” Winkler said people are encouraged to dress up as their favorite big screen role or star.

“It’s all in good fun,” she said. “We’ll have some people dressed in jeans and boots — this is Burnet after all. But we’ll have others dressed up in costume such as Marilyn Monroe. And, of course, there will be others dressed in more cocktail wear.”

The banquet will be at the Burnet County Community Center, 401 E. Jackson, starting at 6 p.m. with a social hour followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The awards program starts at 8 p.m.

The chamber will honor several individuals, businesses and leaders in categories including citizen, senior citizen, youth, large business, small business, educator, farmer/rancher and law enforcement.

This year’s nominees include:

• Citizen of the Year: Joann and Ben Thomas, Lottie McCorkle, Joe Vann and Brandon Evans

• Youth of the Year: Logan Skogg, Kathryn Drake and Frederick Schmidt

• Senior Citizen of the Year: Barry Drake, Bessie Swindle and Joy Taylor

• Large Business of the Year: The Oaks Nursing Center, Johnson Sewell Ford Lincoln and Lee Hoffpauir Chevrolet Buick

• Small Business of the Year: Griffith Taxidermy, Cookie Cafe and Vitalogy Skincare.

Educator, law enforcement and farmer/rancher honorees will be selected by their supervisors and administrators.

The banquet also will honor Main Street Bethlehem, the annual Christmas event hosted by First Baptist Church in Burnet.

“(Main Street Bethlehem) is such a jewel in our crown,” Winkler said. “(It brings) so many people to our community. And so many people come together to hold Main Street Bethlehem, it’s just an incredible community event. We want to give them a special recognition this year.”

Tickets to the banquet are $25. The cost includes dinner, beer and wine and a dance.

Winkler said tickets can be purchased at the chamber office, 229 S. Pierce, or from board members. If still available, tickets can be purchased at the door.

“But, last year, we sold out before the actual date, so I recommend people buy ahead,” she said. “People can call and reserve tickets, which will hold at ‘will call’ the night of the banquet.”

For more, call (512) 756-4297.