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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • Chamber to feature Schaeffer at banquet

  • Hey, sports fans, prepare for the real story on the Arkansas Razorbacks on March 28 at the annual Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
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  • Hey, sports fans, prepare for the real story on the Arkansas Razorbacks on March 28 at the annual Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Banquet. Razorback color commentator and sports radio guru Rick Schaeffer will keynote the 28th annual Chamber banquet, which will be held in the new $10 million conference/auditorium Hempstead Hall venue on the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope campus, Chamber Executive Director Mark Keith announced Friday. “Schaeffer is the former Sports Information Director for the University of Arkansas,” Keith said. “He is also a well-known broadcaster. Schaeffer is currently heard daily on 'Drive-Time Sports' on the Buzz, 103.7 FM. “In addition to his daily radio show, Schaeffer is in his 28th year as color analyst on Arkansas Razorback Basketball broadcasts,” he said. “He is also heard with Chuck Barrett on Razorback baseball broadcasts, and he handles the pre-game, halftime and post-game duties for Razorback football broadcasts.” Schaeffer is also currently the director of communications for the Springdale School District, and Keith said his appearance at the Chamber banquet is being underwritten locally by Summit Bank of Hope. The annual banquet will begin with the traditional silent auction, which will open bidding at 5:30 p.m., and will close bidding at the beginning of the evening's program, Keith said. Serving for the evening meal will begin at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m., he said. The menu for the evening will be announced at a later date. Banquet tickets are $25 each, and may be purchased at the Chamber offices at the corner of Main and Second streets beginning Thursday. Nominations for the annual Chamber honors, including Citizen of the Year and Educator of the Year will also be accepted at the Chamber offices through March 21, Keith said. Nominations must be submitted in writing, and may be mailed to P. O. Box 250, Hope, 71802, or they may be faxed to 870-722-6154. Keith said e-mail submissions will also be accepted at www.hopemelonfest@yahoo.com online. “When submitting a nomination, please note on the letter that it is a nomination for Citizen of the Year or Educator of the Year,” Keith said. The honors will be announced during the banquet by the 2012 honorees, Richard Hogue and Kim McMullan.

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