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Chamber Gala honors members
ER8K Chamber Gala
Chamber Gala

Despite blowing snow and frigid temperatures, the annual Dawson County Chamber Gala attracted dozens of members to its roaring 20s-themed celebration.

"We were thrilled with the success of our annual gala," Chamber President Christy Haynes said. "Despite the winter weather, we had a tremendous turnout, and attendees seemed to really enjoy themselves."

The 24th annual event was held at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Friday, Feb. 20. Members and guests donned fedora hats, flapper dresses, feather boas and vested-suits to celebrate the evening and recognize outstanding volunteers and members of the business community.

Six awards were given members during the event.

Jennifer Baker with United Community Bank and Jeremy Porter with Atlanta Motorsports Parks received the Don gordon Business Leader of the Year award.

Nicole Stewart earned the Linda Williams Ambassador of the Year award.

Debbie Campbell got the 2015 Outstanding New Member award.

Pastor David Jordan was presented the Jim Wallace Volunteer of the Year award.

Dawsonville Gun and Paw earned the Philanthropic Business of the Year award.

New chamber officers also were sworn in for 2015. They are Carla Boutin as chair, and Steve Melching as chair-elect. Mandy Power was sworn in as secretary-treasurer.

"These individuals and the businesses or organizations they represent truly serve as role models for our community," Haynes said.