Business Recognition Gala Will Close Chamber's Centennial Year


Published on January 9 2018 3:58 pm
Last Updated on January 9 2018 4:05 pm

The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Business Recognition Gala will be held Saturday, January 20, at the Keller Convention Center and will include announcement of the 2018 Citizen of the Year and 2018 Volunteer of the Year.

The celebration begins at 5 p.m. with a cocktail reception with wine and spirits tasting sponsored by Koerner Distributor. Following dinner, the awards program will be held, honoring 2017 Chamber Board Chairman Mel Stock of Midland States Bank and introducing the 2018 Board Chairman Matt Cekander, CPA, of Doehring Winders & Co. The 2018 Excellence in Business Award recipients, John Boos & Company and Patton Printing & Graphics will also be recognized.

The Mardi Gras-themed event will include entertainment by Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos. Cash and Prizes valued at over $3,500 will be awarded throughout the night. The Gala will be the official close to the Chamber’s Centennial Year.

The cost for the evening is $75 per person and advance reservations are required. Reservations will be accepted until Tuesday, January 16th.

The Chamber thanks King of the Carnival sponsor, J & J Ventures Gaming; Royal Court Sponsors Patterson Companies,  First National Bank of Waterloo, image squared marketing, Midland States Bank, Washington Savings Bank and Wright’s Furniture & Flooring; Krewe Sponsors, Fifth Third Bank, Consolidated Communications and CQI Associates; Masquerade Sponsors, Patton Printing & Graphics, Dan Hecht Chevrolet-Toyot, System Development Services, Jansen’s Heating & Air and Anatime Entertainment; Doubloon Sponsors, Johnson Funeral Home, Imagine This! Marketing, Dan Woods-Vistage Worldwide, Dieterich Bank and First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust.

The Citizen of the Year Award is being sponsored by the Effingham Daily News and the Volunteer of the Year award is sponsored by Effingham & Teutopolis News Report.

Further information about the Chamber Banquet can be obtained by contacting the Chamber office at 217/342.4147 or by going online at