Hours left for discount tickets, donations, nominations for chamber awards dinner

August 30, 2018

NEEDLES — Folks who know someone in Needles deserving of a public pat on the back have hours left to get nominations in to the Needles Chamber of Commerce.

Nominations are now being asked for by Sept. 4, a bit earlier than originally announced, to give time for such things as having plaques made up. Nominations are being accepted for business, citizen, educator and volunteer of the year. Nomination forms are available at the chamber office at 100 G. St. Nomination information can be sent via email to needleschamber@frontier.com; or call 760-326-2050. Include name and phone number of nominator.

Those who want to save $20 on a ticket for the annual awards banquet set for Oct. 6, at River’s Edge Golf Course, have even less time. While ticket prices have been announced at $80 each through Aug. 31 it should be noted the chamber remains on summer hours until after Labor Day: Mondays through Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It’s likely that reservations and accompanying checks stuffed through the mail slot at the chamber office over the long weekend would be honored; be sure to include choice of entree along with the reservations.

Those entrees are once again being prepared by the staff of the 19th Hole Bar and Grill, next door to the golf course pro shop and cart facility where the event will be held. The offerings this year are roast chicken, prime rib of beef and honey glazed salmon. Expect hors d’oeuvres as well along with a full bar that will offer some drink specials to go along with this year’s theme of ‘A Party to Die For.’ The theme reflects a ‘murder mystery’ game that will highlight some popular places to visit around Needles past and present with a casts of ‘suspects’ drawn from residents notable for their accomplishments.

Those attending the event are encouraged to enhance the experience by donning costumes representing a favorite investigator, villain or victim.

A return performance of the Windsong String Ensemble enhances the event as well, as will the traditional silent auction: the money-making part of the program. The auction is actually a chief fundraiser for the non-profit organization which receives no outside support. Many have already donated one item or several; many more are hoped for and would be preferred by tomorrow to give time to prepare their presentation.

The dinner is not restricted to chamber members. All are welcome at the event beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at River’s Edge Golf Course, 144 Marina Dr. off River Road just downstream from the Needles Bridge.

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