Annual Chamber Banquet nears

The Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce invites all to join them for the 55th Annual Membership Banquet on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Aiello's Cafe in Ridgway.The fundraising committee of the Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce held a meeting Monday night to fine tune preparations for the big event.The focus of this year's autumn-themed dinner is to recognize the 16 new members to the Chamber."This year we are focusing on recognizing our members and to give a little extra recognition to our new members who have joined since 2011," said administrative assistant Mary Kucenski.In past banquets, the chamber officials have chosen a couple organizations or businesses and honored people from the community."What we decided to do this year is honor our own members and recognize them for their support of the chamber and make it truly a member appreciation event," Kucenski said. "The chamber wants to [acknowledge] the members for supporting us and show our appreciation."Cocktails will begin at 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7:30 p.m.; and the program will follow at 8:30 p.m.To purchase your tickets or for more information contact the Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce at 814-776-1424 or stop in at the Welcome Center at 300 Main St., Ridgway.Pick up a copy of the Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.