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February 28, 2013

Chamber reveals banquet nominations


A city would not be a community without residents and businesses that contribute to making it a better, safer and healthier place to be.
Duncan Chamber of Commerce & Industry takes time each year to recognize the outstanding people and entities that make Duncan the special place it is during its annual Chamber Banquet. This year’s banquet will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at the Simmons Center.
“This is the largest event for the Chamber and we’re very excited,” said Sandy Stewart, director of investor services for the Chamber. “I’m extremely excited that this is the first event I get to spearhead.”
While about 30 percent of funds for the Chamber comes from membership fees, the rest comes from fundraising and the banquet brings in the biggest amount. The theme for this year is “Chamber Jazz,” which the surroundings and entertainment will reflect.
“We’re going for a wine and jazz type of feel, so there will be a wine station,” Stewart said. “Jermaine Mondaine will be the entertainment this year and he is bringing an ensemble with him for a full band.”
Mondaine is a board member for the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and a renowned saxophone player who has more than 24 years of playing experience. His music has been influenced by both jazz and gospel, creating a unique style. Those he will be bringing to play with him are accomplished musicians as well.
Duncan High School’s Jazz Band will also perform as people enter the event. Meals will be catered by Duncan Regional Hospital. This year, the Chamber added to their sponsorship opportunities and the Star sponsors for this event are DRH and Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation. These sponsors are responsible for bringing in the entertainment.
“We anticipate a good night and there are only 20 tickets left, so I think we’ll be sold out in the next week or so,” said Stewart, who encourages those who don’t have tickets yet to do so quickly.

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