Worthwhile celebration

Article Image Alt Text

The Aurora Area Chamber & Development works with its members each year to look forward and embrace change, thus the organization took some of its own advice last week with a new-look format for its annual awards banquet.
Steeped in tradition that goes back for as long as many area business owners can remember, the customary January event has featured some outstanding speakers, combined with a sit-down meal and ceremony recognizing the community’s service award winners. This year, in an attempt to shorten the program, try something new and hopefully attract some of the community’s newer members, the event had a whole different look and feel.
It was a wonderful evening for those who participated. The move to The Leadership Center helped set the tone that the evening would be different, allowing folks to mingle while munching on hors d’oeuvres and enjoying some Nebraska-based beverages. That created a much more casual atmosphere, which seems to be a popular trend these days for almost any kind of event.
The entertainment was outstanding, featuring a talented magician, and the awards ceremony tipped the hat to some well-deserving folks who have dedicated their time, talent and energy in a variety of ways. It’s so important, and worthwhile, to step back at least once a year and lift up folks who deserve special recognition, even though many of the winners would humbly say recognition is not their source of motivation.
By its very design, the AACD features a unique structure, which combined the traditional chamber with local economic development efforts back in 2002. As this year’s president pointed out, the AACD umbrella also encompasses the Aurora Development Corporation, Aurora Construction Enterprises, Aurora Housing Development Corporation, Aurora Technology Center and Aurora Day Care. That’s a whole lot of acronyms when you list them all together, representing several volunteer boards, each of which have helped improve the services and opportunities available in Aurora and Hamilton County.
Two thumbs up on the new event format, which will hopefully draw an even bigger crowd next year and beyond. This community has much to be proud of and it’s fun to just get together and socialize while celebrating some of the community’s shared successes.
The Aurora Area Chamber & Development organization itself benefits from this annual gathering. Having a strong AACD group working to keep the economic engine running is in itself worth celebrating.
Kurt Johnson

Rate this article: 
No votes yet