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Musician, Calvin Kanning, left, enjoyed playing along with Nelson Family member, Wade Nelson, during this year’s Chamber Banquet featuring the musical talents of the Nelson Family for the enjoyment of all attending the event Friday evening, April 26, at the Civic Center.

The 72nd annual Shelby Chamber banquet held on Friday, April 26, saw over 150 attending and over $10,000 (before expenses) raised for the local Chamber. While the number of people attending was down from past years, the event was still a great success, with all enjoying the evening.

Each year a member of the community is chosen to receive the President’s Award. This award is given to a community member who goes above and beyond, volunteering their time and efforts to make Shelby a better place. 

This year’s recipient was Lorette Carter, “in recognition of all the great things she has done and continues to do for our community.” Carter was unable to attend the banquet and will receive her plaque at a later date.

A few others were also recognized with certificates during this year’s banquet. Car gurus, Todd Howell and Steve Hurtig, were awarded certificates for volunteering last year to help improve upon the car show portion of the Street Fair. The duo did a fantastic job of organizing and getting more entries into the show. Upon receiving their certificates they shared that they plan on heading up the car show end of things again this year and are looking forward to an even bigger turn out than last. 

Carol Mundt was also recognized for her many years of dedication to numerous organizations throughout the community. Mundt has volunteered countless hours throughout the years to many different groups, serving on boards, organizing events and attending meetings. 

Chamber President Nea Rice memorialized past Chamber member and friend, Sandra Bucher, who passed away from cancer.

The slide show presentation given by J.B. Chandler was exceptional, featuring terrific photos and interesting information on some of the area’s most amazing outdoor sites to explore.

A total of 47 silent auction items were donated and approximately $2,800 was raised from the auction. The largest bid of the evening was $987, for the Griz football season tickets. 

Tickets for the Playhouse Raffle were available at the banquet and are still being sold until June 3, so if you haven’t bought yours yet, there’s still a chance to do so. The playhouse was donated for the banquet by Core Civic Safety/CCA and all proceeds will benefit the Chamber.

The dinner was catered by Black Iron Catering, with many commenting on how great the food was, especially the carrot cake. The Blazing Saddles 4-H Club did not disappoint, doing a fantastic job of serving salads and desserts, as well as clearing plates and making sure all were taken well care of.

All in all it was another successful banquet, thanks to the hard work and dedication of all those involved. 

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