Piggott Chamber Banquet, Awards Ceremony Held
A good crowd packed the community center on Tuesday, Oct. 14, as the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual banquet dinner meeting. Once again this year the event also served as an awards banquet for the organization, as a variety of recognition was handed out.
President Brian Haley served as the master of ceremonies for the evening, welcoming those in attendance and offering the invocation. Haley also took a moment to remember Piggott Mayor Gerald Morris, who passed away in late June, as a tireless supporter of the city and the efforts of the chamber.
He then introduced the chamber board members and dignitaries on hand for the event, which included both State Senator Robert Thompson and State Rep. Joe Jett.
Haley also gave the president's update, reporting on the activities of the Chamber of Commerce over the past 12 months and providing a preview of the year to come. During the report he told those assembled the board of directors had decided to no longer sponsor the Piggott Heritage Park Car Show and Cruise, effectively leaving the event in limbo.
"We may do something along those lines for that weekend, but at this point we do not plan to sponsor the car show in the future," he explained. Haley also reported on a change for the date of the chamber's annual Christmas Fest, indicating the event has been shifted to the afternoon of the first Sunday in December.
"We'll be holding Christmas Fest the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 7," he noted. "We were forced to have it on Sunday last year due to the weather and it went over so good we decided to make the change."
Haley also took a moment to recognize the corporate sponsors of the chamber. Gold sponsors include First National Bank, Piggott Banking Center, and Piggott State Bank. Meanwhile, the bronze sponsors include Piggott Community Hospital, New Wave Communications, Century Tel and Aerial Bouquets.
Following the evening meal, which was catered by Hog Wild BBQ and Catering of Piggott, the special awards for 2014 were handed out by Haley with assistance from chamber board member Brian Schulte.
The beautification award went to Shear Perfect, and owner Patty Ezell; winner of the taste of Piggott award was the Los Compadres Restaurant, owned by Vincente Garcia; the youth of the year award went to Tucker Dunlap, a student at PES, for his work with the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation; the organization of the year was the Clay County Fair Board; volunteer of the year honors went to Jeff Benbrook; the award for emergency personnel of the year went to Bob Mullins; the farmer of the year went to Morgan Farms and Mike Morgan; this year's outstanding educator is Amber Murray of Piggott Elementary School and the service with a smile award went to Donna's Country Kitchen, and owner Donna Poe.
The final honor bestowed was the coveted "You Made It Happen" award, and this year there was a tie. Based on their community involvement and support the award was shared by Piggott State Bank and First National Bank. On hand to accept the recognition were Rodney Rouse of FNB and Paula O. Blackwell and Jim Poole of PSB.
The evening wrapped up with the presentation of the winners in the annual table decorating contest, and finalizing the silent auction.
Winner of the most creative award was the entry of Piggott Community Hospital, while the most elegant honors went to the table entry of Piggott State Bank. Taking home the visitor's choice award, and the judge's favorite for the "Wow" factor was the entry of the Treasure Chest. Accepting the honors for both was owner Kelli Malin.
Haley then offered a word of thanks to everyone who made the event possible, and closed the annual business meeting.
Those wanting more information on membership in the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce may contact Secretary Jan Glover at 870 598-3167.