Are you looking for something unusual; looking for a bargain; searching for that special something? Then, pick yourself up some tickets to the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce banquet and arrive early for the annual silent auction.
Chamber Executive Director Mark Keith said the pre-banquet event will feature everything from the fanciful to the fantastic and the functional.
“We have got a really good variety of items this year,” Keith said. “We've been pleased with the patron participation, and we think the folks who attend the banquet will be, as well.”
He said local patrons have donated almost 200 items for the auction, ranging from gift certificates to favorite local and area restaurants, to a Homedics massage cushion donated by Gold-N-Guns, two pallets of sod donated by Fulton Grass Co., and a barbecue grill donated by Sears to a gift certificate for services at VIP Nails and Spa.
Want to get rid of some pesky bugs? Bid on the one-time pest control service from Service Pest Control. Need to run some quick figures? Bid on the Sharp calculator from Honeycutt Printing. Like to fish but can't find them? Bid on the fish finder from Rothwell Marine.
Too pooped to play? Bid on the burgundy recliner from A&J Furniture. Need to liven up the bathroom? Bid on the custom toilet seats from SBR Etchings?
Bidding will open at 5:30 p.m., and will close 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.
Banquet tickets are $25 each, and may be purchased at the Chamber offices at the corner of Main and Second streets.
Razorback color commentator and sports radio guru Rick Schaeffer will keynote the evening program, offering his own brand of sports insight into the University of Arkansas Razorback sports program. Schaeffer is the former Sports Information Director for the University of Arkansas, and he is also a well-known broadcaster currently heard daily on 'Drive-Time Sports' on the Buzz, 103.7 FM, as well as on Razorback football broadcasts.
Schaeffer's appearance at the Chamber banquet is underwritten by Summit Bank of Hope.
Chamber honors for Citizen of the Year and Educator of the Year will be announced during the banquet by the 2012 honorees, Richard Hogue and Kim McMullan.
Incoming Chamber President Wendy Jones has chosen “Ready, Set, Grow” as the Chamber's community program for 2013, and the banquet will be the first major community dinner in the banquet facilities at Hempstead Hall, the new $10 million conference/performing arts center on the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope campus.
This year's menu will be fajitas and fixins, catered by Amigo Juan Mexican Restaurant in Hope, Keith said.