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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 2, 2014

Annual banquet will be March 18

Mar 11, 2013
Mike Kramme, left, presents the 2011 renovation of the year award to Ann Williams during the 2012 banquet. Williams will be one of two guest speakers at this year’s banquet that will be held at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort.

A celebration of the fact that the efforts of Main Street Washington, the Washington Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Economic Development Group all operate beyond the City of Washington is being recognized by this year’s annual dinner being held at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort.
Supporters of the three area economic development groups will meet for the annual dinner in the event center of the casino beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, with a social hour. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Main Street Washington director Sarah Sadrakula reminds people that today is the last day to register for the event. She said that the casino is a member of all three groups.
“It was a good chance to highlight the fact that a lot of our investors aren’t just located in Washington, they really are the Washington area — the greater surrounding communities,” she said. “We had the opportunity to work with the casino and move it this year. That doesn’t mean it isn’t coming back to Washington. We are just trying to highlight how much further our reach is. It is a lot further than it appears.”
Sadrakula said the dinner is a chance for the three groups to highlight their achievements for the last year and to turn an eye to the future year. She said it is also a way for the groups to honor the people in the community who support the organizations.
Pastor Maureen Howard from Immanuel Lutheran Church will give the dinner invocation. A two-meat buffet will be held, as well as a raffle. The program will highlight the groups’ board members. The traditional awards will be given.
This year’s speakers will be Ann Williams and Amanda Greiner. Sadrakula said the program is titled ‘What is awesome about Washington,’ and will feature a top 10 list. The two were chosen because, Sadrakula said, they are “very different is a way that complements each other.” Williams was born and raised in Washington. Greiner had moved away from the area and had come back. Both will talk about what in Washington is special to them.
Sadrakula said that she believes attending banquets of this kind is important because the groups are highlighted. She said for many people, the accomplishments of the groups could get “lost in the shuffle.” She said the banquet is a good way for people to understand the contributions these groups make to the community.
“It is going to be a great celebration of Washington in general,” she said.
For information about registering, call the Main Street Washington office at 653-3272.

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