Record-breaking crowd attends Highland County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting and dinner
The planning committee for the Highland County Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Dinner included (pictured from left): Kenzie Kiser, Peoples Bank; Lindsay Cloud, Southern Hills Community Bank; Larkyn Parry, Highland County Chamber; Tara Pendell, First State Bank; Julie Bolender, Highland County Economic Development; Jamie Wheeler, Highland County Chamber; Tessa Gaines, NCB; and Diana Setty, First State Bank. Not pictured is Robyn Coomer, Classic Real Estate. The committee secured sponsorships and raffle donations as well as worked with a variety of vendors and caterers for the event. (Submitted photos)
The Highland County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual meeting and dinner Thursday, May 18 at The Barn at Hidden Ridge, located south of Hillsboro.
Over 200 guests attended the sold-out event “Hats Off to Our Members” and enjoyed an evening of networking within the Highland County business community.
Dinner was provided by Jill’s Farmhouse Catering, All Seasons Catering, Maplecrest Meats & More, The Porch Carryout & Grill and Batter Up Bakery.
Highlights of the evening included comments made by Chamber Board of Directors Chairman Diana Setty as well as a financial report and Chamber update given by Executive Director Jamie Wheeler.
Throughout the evening, guests competed in a variety of contests to earn prizes for themselves or their staff.
Over 30 different local businesses donated items for gift baskets that were raffled off at the conclusion of the evening. A photo booth was also present to encourage networking among guests.
Platinum sponsors for the event included: Bear Mechanical, Lewis Financial, Merchants National Bank, Shafer Heating & Cooling LLC, Southern Hills Community Bank and The Barn at Hidden Ridge. Gold sponsors were: Adena Greenfield Medical Center, Boyer Territory & Real Estate Company, Chris Mahan Consulting, Edward Jones, Elite Roofing, Fifth Third Bank, First State Bank, Great Oaks Career Campuses, Hamilton Insurance Agency/Grange Insurance, Highland County Board of DD, Ohio Means Jobs/Highland County Community Action, Highland District Hospital, NCB, Paramount Commercial Roofing, Peoples Bank, Petland, RoofX, South Central Power, Southern Ohio RetroFoam and Southern State Community College. Silver sponsors included: Donald E. Fender Realtors Inc, HealthSource of Ohio, It’s Only Papas Pizza, Rick’s Hometown TV and Appliance Center and Thompson Funeral Service Inc. Bronze sponsors for the event: BidFTA Hillsboro, Chillicothe and Wilmington, Escape to Relaxation, Highland County ACCESS, Highland County Historical Society, Highland Health Providers, Highland Humane Society, Huhtamaki, Jerry Haag Motors Inc, Ohio Helping Hands Cleaning Services LLC, The Ohio State University South Centers, Roades Tax & Accounting, Scotty’s 22-Brew, Stevens Do It Best Hardware LLC, TechneTitle Agency Inc, Turner & Son Funeral Home and Crematory, Village of Leesburg, Visitors Bureau of Highland County and Wilmington Savings Bank.
Businesses and individuals who donated to the 27 raffle baskets included: Blossoms N’ Buds, Café 28, Dr. Rex Chiropractic, Escape to Relaxation, First State Bank, From Me To You, Gaines Property Management, Highland County YMCA, Hillsboro Swim Organization, Lewis Financial, Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio & Salon, NCB, Ohio Helping Hands Cleaning Services, Peoples Bank, Petland, RoofX, Shipphaus Mercantile, Single Office Stop, Southern Hills Community Bank, Star Cinemas, The Sugar Shack, TechneTitle Agency, Twisted Violet Homestead, Visitors Bureau of Highland County, Whites Bakery, Wilkin-Wilkin Insurance Agency and WSRW- I Heart Media.
Proceeds from the event allow the Chamber to support their initiatives of advocating for the business community while promoting economic and community development.
For more photos from the event, visit the Chamber’s Facebook page. Plans for the 2024 Chamber annual dinner will be made available in early 2024.
The Highland County Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit membership-driven organization that represents the business community of Highland County. The many plans and programs the Chamber offers its investors, combined with county workforce development initiatives and local, state and federal legislative/advocacy efforts, position the Chamber of Commerce as a leading organization in Highland County. Learn more at www.thehighlandchamber.com.