The 2019 Annual Banquet of the Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company (VCDC) has been set for Tuesday, April 2nd with tickets now available for purchase. This annual, multi-media event has grown phenomenally in recent years, having become a premium evening of entertainment that attendees don’t want to miss. The evening’s highlights include the presentation of a number of awards, including the VCDC Community Leader of the Year, the NEXT Young Professional of the Year, the VCDC Brick Awards, the Mayor’s Community Service Award, and more. Attendees can expect several creative surprises, with great entertainment, delicious food, surprise features, and an evening of true community celebration.
This year’s guest of honor is Larry Stuart, hospitality leader, business startup and turnaround specialist. “When I recently had the opportunity to meet VCDC staff while on a trip to South Dakota, I was touched by their passion for their community and I just knew I had to make a point to come and visit Vermillion myself,” shares Stuart. The author of the recently published book The Spirit of Hospitality, Stuart has over forty years of experience in hospitality management, food and beverage solution innovation, guest service systems and marketing strategies. According to Welch, “Larry Stuart is one of those rare individuals who can really empower others to do good things. I’m so excited to bring him to Vermillion, but even more excited for the way his keynote speech will no doubt inspire us to be the sort of community we strive to be.”
The public is encouraged to attend the banquet and help celebrate all that our community has accomplished together. Personal invitations will be mailed to Chamber members, Vermillion NOW investors, and other partners in the coming days, which can be responded to using the provided envelopes. However, all are welcome and tickets can also be obtained by contacting the VCDC office at 605-624-5571. Individual tickets can be purchased at $60, $50 for Chamber members, or $35 for Vermillion NEXT members. This year, corporate tables with a special gift and reserved seating may be purchased for $300. In addition, VIP corporate tables will also receive special gifts and will include premier stage seating and a sponsored table centerpiece for $600.
Doors will open for a special social hour at 5:00pm. The social hour features live music, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, a photo booth and a red-carpet event hosted by emcee, Weston Olson. Dinner will begin at 6:00 pm, with the program getting underway at 6:30 pm. The evening will wrap up with a post-social at 8:30 pm.