The Banner Elk Chamber celebrated the new year with their traditional Annual Dinner at Stonewalls Restaurant in Banner Elk and this year every seat was filled. For the first time the chamber presented a Person of the Year award.
The Person of the Year honor was awarded to town manager, Rick Owen. The chamber recognized him for his dedication to the town of Banner Elk. Tom McMurray presented the award and thanked Rick for his efforts to help community organizations.
Richard McGuire introduced the chamber's new president Jo-Ann McMurray. She thanked the board members and all the volunteers for making 2014 a great year. She also encouraged all the chamber members to contact her with ideas and suggestions.
A surprise speaker, Mayor Brenda Lyerly, announced that she had received the first large donation to purchase the Historic Banner Elk Elementary School. $100,000 was donated from an Elk River Club resident. The board of the Elk River Club sent out a letter that inspired this generous donation.
The evening was enjoyed by over 100 people. In addition to dinner, members enjoyed Stonewall's new olive oil and balsamic tasting room and listened to live music performed by Bill Stevenson.
Tom McMurray presents Rick Owen Person of the Year award
President Jo-Ann McMurray and her husband Tom McMurray
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