Chamber's Holiday Luncheon Was One Big Party!
The Chamber's annual holiday luncheon was again the party to end all parties! And it was probably the best-attended luncheon all year--oh, big surprise there, right? Santa made his annual appearance, but this year, instead of Elvis in the house, guests were entertained by none other than Seattle's own SeaChordsmen Barbershop Chorus. Wow, were they good and funny too! The lyrics to some holiday classics were, shall we say, off the chart! They had everybody in stitches! David Rice, a Chamber board member AND member of this wonderful choral group, made the arrangements for the SeaChordsmen to provide the musical entertainment for the luncheon, so "THANK YOU, DAVID!"
A big "THANK YOU!" to Ann Pearce and the Church of Scientology for once again, hosting the luncheon. A big shout out to Patricia Johnson, Best Western Executive Inn, for catering the event. Wow! The food was in a word: SCRUMPTIOUS! So thank you so much, Patricia!
While the luncheon was all about getting together with friends and colleagues and to spread holiday cheer, it was also a time to say goodbye (tissue time!) to the Chamber's executive director, Charley Shore, who is retiring. She and her husband, Dave, are moving to Idaho (yes, that's right, Idaho), to kick back, chill, and enjoy life! But Charley, we said, "We thought the Chamber was your life?" Well, her response cannot be printed here, but suffice it to say, she is going to be missed by a lot of folks. She gave so much of herself to the Chamber because she loved getting involved, rallying the team on events, and getting people to join, reaching out to members, she did it all. Thankfully, Charley said she would still come to Seattle and visit. You better! In the meantime, all the best, enjoy your much-deserved retirement, and don't be a stranger!
And now, sit back and enjoy a short video* and photos from the holiday luncheon!
AFTER HOURS: A veritable smorgasbord of delectable cuisine at Uptown China
A big THANK YOU to Uptown China for hosting the October After Hours! A very special THANK YOU to owner and hostess extraordinaire, Yu Mei Wang. If you haven't been to one of Uptown's best restaurants, you need to get right over there.
The food was fantastic and the company the best! Chamber members and guests all mixed and mingled, tasting some absolutely scrumptious appetizers, having a few drinks, but mostly just catching up with one another. And here are photos to prove it!
Trick or Treat! Over 3,500 People Turn Out for Annual Event!
Whether it was your more traditional ghost and goblin to super heroes and who-knows-what, they came in record numbers for ever-popular "Trick or Treat on the Ave." And we couldn't have asked for better weather for the little munchkins to get tons of treats from businesses and merchants along Queen Anne Avenue on the hill! Judging from the photos, the kids (and parents!) all enjoyed a fun-filled, albeit calorie-laden evening. Thank goodness it's only one night! A big round of applause and THANK YOU to all the volunteers, including those who served as volunteer crossing guards, who helped keep kids and their families safe while walking across the streets. So, any candy corn left?
Mary Bea Gallagher
Special Thanks to Travis Brown, store manager, Umpqua Ban, Queen Anne
CHAMBER OCTOBER LUNCHEON: Networking in a Spooktacular Venue!
Thank you to Best Western Executive Inn for once again hosting the Chamber's monthly luncheon. And how fun was that, being surrounded by skeletons and other ghoulish fiends??? Some in came in costumes! Check out the business coat and tie--the best Halloween costume. Ever!
CHAMBER AWARDS LUNCHEON: Congrats to the winners!
On September 29, at the World Trade Center, the Chamber pulled out all the stops to honor recipients of the Business Awards for 2016. A huge THANK YOU to Vulcan for being the title sponsor of this annual event, and to the Port of Seattle for hosting the luncheon. And a special thank you to Port Commissioner Stephanie Bowman for giving us an update on major Port projects.The food was amazing, the atmosphere most congenial, and everyone had a great time. Until next year!
From left to right: Toni Radford, Sonia Chahal-Singh, Christopher Togawa, Tonya Perpich,
Debbie Girard, Bill Isenberger, Carol Jackson, Hossein Soleymani, and Charley Shore.