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Batavia Chamber makes big changes to annual banquet

Updated: December 20, 2013 4:11PM

The annual awards dinner for the Batavia Chamber of Commerce has outlived its appeal, according to Batavia Chamber members.

In its place is planned an event that Chamber members believe preserves the importance of the awards program.

“Inspire 2014, A Celebration of Those Who Inspire Us!” will take place on Friday, Jan. 31, beginning at 6 p.m. The Commons Auditorium at The Holmstad, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia, is the new location. The awards presentation of the Citizen) of the Year and Ole Award winners will follow a social reception and silent auction.

“I heard from many members who have grown tired of the Saturday dinner, so our committee completely revamped the Chamber Awards event this year,” says Marcia Boyce, Inspire 2014 chairwoman. “We are excited to be hosting an elegant cocktail party in lieu of a sit-down dinner.”

“Prior to the awards, there will be ample time to socialize while enjoying appetizers and fine wine,” the owner of Boyce Body Werks concluded.

Tickets, at a cost of $35 each, must be purchased by Monday, Jan. 27. Online purchasing is available at, or call the Chamber office at 630-879-7134. The price includes a heavy appetizer menu. Cocktail attire is suggested.

Also new is an after-event party at Aliano’s Ristorante, 90 N. Island Ave., Batavia.

Since 1958, the Batavia Chamber of Commerce has recognized those individuals who inspire with their outstanding contributions to the Batavia community by honoring them with the Batavia Citizen of the Year Award.

The Ole Award is an accolade started in 1970 to honor businesses for a significant improvement and investment for either new construction or remodels in Batavia.

For more information call Roger Breisch, executive director of Batavia Chamber of Commerce, at 630-879-7134.

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