Chamber Celebration expects 400 to 500 Friday

The Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce is expecting between 400 and 500 people at its annual Chamber Celebration at the RiverPark Center on Friday night.

The reception starts at 6 p.m. with the program at 7:30 p.m.

“We’ll be doing a lot of fun stuff — a lot of it via video,” Candance Brake, the chamber’s president and chief executive officer, said last week.

Kirk Kirkpatrick will be the master of ceremonies with Chad Benefield working the red carpet, she said.

Tickets are $50.

Brake said Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn is catering the event.

“We’ll have live music afterward in the Jody Berry Theatre,” she said. “And O.Z. Tyler Distillery is making a signature cocktail for us.”

There will be surprises as well, Brake said.

The Chamber Celebration also features the Business of the Year awards.

Here are the categories and the nominees:

Emerging Business — Bella Regazza Boutique, Blue Star Consultants, Bushay’s, Cecil Farms Produce, Dalisha’s, Diane’s Bakery, EDGEFIT, Hard Top Design, Infintech, ITumble and Bounce, Laura Ruth Interiors and Purre Barre Owensboro.

1 to 10 Employees — 54 Pizza Express, Blossoms, Gorman Recruiting, Irving Materials Inc., Packages Plus, Redline C Contracting, Reid’s Orchard and Tom Blue Furniture.

11 to 50 Employees — Beltline Electric Co. Inc., Colby’s Fine Food and Spirits, Community Home Health Care, Ebelhar Whitehead PLLC, Haley-McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory, Hollison LLC, J’s Liquor and Cheese Shop, Keller Williams-Kelly Anne Harris Team, Miller House Restaurant & Catering, Schwartz Heating and Cooling and Shoe Stop.

51+ Employees — Aleris Rolled Products, Independence Bank, Owensboro Dermatology Associates PSC, Southwire Company, U.S. Bank and WFIE-TV 14.

Nonprofits — The Arc of Owensboro Inc. /Opportunity Center Workshop Inc., Impact 100, Boulware Mission, Daniel Pitino Shelter, Goodfellows, Habitat for Humanity (Owensboro/Daviess County), Junior League of Owensboro and Right to Life of Owensboro.

Education & Workforce Development — Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro Community & Technical College and U.S. Bank.

By Keith Lawrence Messenger-Inquirer