Berryville Chamber Awards Banquet set for Oct. 15

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Berryville Chamber Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Berryville Community Center. Kicking off at 6 p.m., the banquet will feature speaker Steve Clark, president of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.

Clark will speak on the importance of a strong chamber in a community. The Fayetteville Chamber serves as the city's chief economic developer; under Clark's leadership, it has been recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a five-star accredited chamber.

"I will share some of my personal experiences weaving it into my remarks, but my focus will be Berryville and an active chamber," Clark said.

Clark is a graduate of Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. He served as Arkansas' attorney general, arguing eight cases before the United States Supreme Court. He was named the most outstanding attorney general in the nation.

Cody Qualls, president of the Berryville Chamber of Commerce, said Clark's speech will help the chamber honor those who help make Berryville "a great place to live, work and play."

Qualls said this year's banquet will highlight businesses and individuals who have made an impact on the community during the past year.

The Mason Jar, a new Berryville restaurant and chamber member, will cater the event. Local band Monastery Dog will play acoustic background music.

Only 200 tickets will be sold, and tables of eight can be reserved for your company, organization or group.

"Tickets have been priced at only $20 per person to ensure that anyone interested in attending can," Qualls said.

The chamber, Qualls continued, has received some dynamic nominations for the five award categories. These categories are: Tom Earls Distinguished Ambassador, Youth Ambassador, Business Excellence, Business Beautification and Noteworthy New Business. A sixth award to be given to a specific group was also announced.

A silent auction will be held as well. The chamber is taking donations for the auction, accepting anything from dinner certificates to free car work.

To reserve tickets or donate an item to the silent auction, call the chamber office at 870-423-3704 or email

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