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Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Banquet

You are invited to the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce 149th Annual Meeting & Banquet.

This year's theme, Back on Track, is inspired by our community's extraordinary efforts to adapt and grow through the challenges still being presented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We'd like to thank Pacific Power for partnering with us as our Presenting Sponsor for the 2022 Annual Meeting & Banquet! We are so grateful for their support!

We hope you will join us to help us say thank you to our outgoing board members, welcome our new ones and recap the chamber’s year. We’ll round out the event with the much-anticipated announcements of winners of the community service awards including the 2021 George Award and Richard D. Ford Award recipients.

We will adhere to appropriate COVID-19 guidelines and protocol at the time of the event.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

4:30 p.m. - Doors open for social hour
6:00 p.m. - Program begins and dinner is served

We're opening the doors a little earlier than usual to offer a longer social hour for you to catch up with friends old and new, and check out the wine pull and raffle prizes before settling in for the program.

Clatsop County Fairgrounds
92937 Walluski Loop
Astoria, OR 97103

This event is open to any representative of an Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce member and guests. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Thanks to our photo sponsor, Lum's Auto Center, we'll have Don Frank Photography taking photos of our guests and honorees. The menu from our caterer The SEA & Thai Me Up looks delicious, so come hungry!

Registration closed at Noon on Friday, January 14.

Tickets are $50 per person and include dinner and one entry into the raffle drawings.
Additional raffle tickets can be purchased with registration or at the event.

Register no later than Noon on Friday, January 14, to ensure your spot. We are limiting this event to 200 people to help reduce crowding. All tickets purchased are open seating. First come, first served! Businesses that want reserved seating must purchase a table of 6 seats for $300. There are no refunds for any purchases associated with this event.

For Added Fun: 

Wine Pull

The wine pull features entries from the wine competition for the 2020 Crab, Seafood & Wine festival.  Many of the wines available are medal winners. You can choose from three options: red, white or other varietals (dessert, sparkling, rose). Then we give you a random bottle of wine (to be opened at home.) The wine pull is only available in-person at the banquet. The wine pull is $15 for each bottle. There are 48 bottles available and the value ranges from $13 to $45, with the median value being $25.

Raffle

We expect to once again have a great selection of raffle prizes featuring a variety of donations from your fellow members. Raffle tickets can be purchased at time of registration. If you forgot to grab them or decide you want more, you can purchase them in person at the event. Prize drawings will be held during the Annual Meeting and Banquet on January 29, 2022. Raffle tickets:  $1 each, 12 for $10 and 25 for $20

Member Business/Organization - Item Description (approx. retail value)
Astoria Underground Tours
- private underground tour package for 10 people ($250)
Astoria Riverfront Trolley Association - bookends, paperweights, rail spike trivet, trolley swag, all day ride tokens, wine, Niman Ranch Sausage, Fran's Mint Thins, Seattle Chocolate  ($186)
Best Western Astoria Bayfront Hotel - A basket of sunshine plus an overnight stay in king jacuzzi room. ($TBD)
Betsy Johnson, Former State Senator - Necklace  ($TBD)
Bridgewater Bistro
 - $75 gift certificate, Wine, Soap, Cards  ($180)
Columbia River Maritime Museum - Membership package  ($130)
Fire Station Yoga
- cork yoga mat, free yoga passes  ($100)
Gaetano's Market and Deli - Basket of deliciousness  ($82)
Lucy's Books - mug, candle, tote bag, celebration kit, socks, journal, $20 gift card  ($74)
Mo's Restaurant Astoria - Gift certificate for Dinner for 4 and Mo's swag  ($182)
N.M. Kaim Travel - $100 gift certificate
Northwest Carriage Museum - collection of items from gift shop with admission tickets  ($tbd)
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Kerri Hartnett - Astoria is My Happy Place basket  ($tbd)
Rosebriar Mansion - vintage Carla March beaded handbag, gold filigree rocks glasses, trinket box, rose brooch  ($100)
TLC, a Division of Fibre FCU - Coffee Craze gift basket featuring Red Leaf Organic Coffee  ($tbd)
The Ten Fifteen Theater - Season Tickets for 2022 season  ($150)
Total Employment and Management (TEAM) - Relaxation Basket  ($100)
Van Dusen Beverages - 9 Tiffany style glasses, Pepsi tray, Pepsi clock  ($100)
West Coast Artisans - table runner, trivets, coasters, square potholders, oval potholders, kitchen towels  ($225)

All tickets will be included in a second chance drawing for getaway to Hood River featuring a chance to get on the tracks with the Mount Hood Railroad. This package is coordinated by the Lower Columbia Tourism Committee to highlight that travel is good for our personal health, and the hospitality industry is an important part of our local economy.

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A Note on Returning to Live Events from our Executive Director

We’ve learned so much these past 20 months, including how to hold safe live events. I can tell you, it’s not easy but it is possible, and it is worth it. Seeing our community members, reconnecting with old friends, generating commerce for our local businesses and just actually enjoying all the wonderful things our towns have to offer are all back on the table.

The latest rise in COVID cases and an expected nationwide surge should serve to remind us not to be lax in our precautions, but outright cancellations are not called for. Not when we know how to do events safely.

So that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to take the extra steps required, do the extra planning and work, adapt the procedures where necessary, and we’re going to hold live events.  Some of those precautions include:

  • Lower overall capacity to allow for more distancing
  • Reduced number of place settings at each table
  • Opening earlier to reduce crowding at the entrance
  • Staying masked up except when actively eating or drinking

A live banquet means we’ll get to celebrate the Richard Ford Distinguished Service Award and George Award winners in person. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Lum's Auto Center Logo

Event photography sponsored by
Lum's Auto Center
and provided by Don Frank Photography.

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Train track photographs courtesy of
Kelly Grothe.

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