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The Capital Plaza Hotel hosted over 200 people at the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Auction on Friday night.  The annual event is one of the Chamber’s biggest fundraisers of the year.  The abbreviated meeting and dinner this year, was largely in part due to the fact that the entire 2015 year in review part of the program was dropped and only 4 live auction items were offered up.  Due to a scheduling conflict, the Chamber recognized and thanked outgoing President, Glen Waldrop, prior to the actual program beginning. This helped facilitate the overall expediency of the program.

This year’s program theme was “Discover Frankfort”.  And, to make this year’s program even more special, the kind people from the Mountain Workshops at Western Kentucky University, loaned fifty 16×20 framed prints from their traveling gallery to the Chamber. This gallery contained the photo images from the Mountain Workshops program, which visited Frankfort back in October 2015.  They documented and told the stories of the people of this community.  Many people came to see this display alone.  It was a perfect fit for the “Discover Frankfort” theme as the people represent the heartbeat of this community!

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This year’s program theme was “Discover Frankfort”.  And, to make this year’s program even more special, the kind people from the Mountain Workshops at Western Kentucky University, loaned fifty 16×20 framed prints from their traveling gallery to the Chamber.

Awards are always given out at the yearly event. Outgoing Chamber Board members included Rachael Peake and Rene’ True.  Other awards included the President’s Award, the Paul Sullivan Award, the Chamber Ambassador Award, the Business of the Year Award and the Rising Star Award.  Those recipients are as follows:

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President’s Award

Dr. John Paul Broderson

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Paul Sullivan Award

Sheila Mason Burton

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Ambassador Award

Carol Smith

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Business of the Year Award

Inside Out Design, Andrea & Michael Mueller

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Rising Star Award

Mai Saigon, Thao & Titi Ngo