The Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce has the envelopes ready to announces the 2007 winners of its annual awards. The trophies will be waiting in the wings as this year's 2007 Annual Awards Banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. April 12 at the Sikeston Field House.
Cheryl Krebs, chairman, said with this year's theme, "And the winner is...," the SACC Banquet is creating an Oscar-style event. Beginning with a red carpet entrance, those attending the event will find an atmosphere reflecting one of the best known award events, she explained.
Show Me Rental is overseeing decorations with other businesses, such as Bizzell Lawn Care and Nursery, Moll Printing and Helen's Florist assisting in completing the festive event. Ray's of Kelso will cater the evening's meal and dinner music will be provided by the Sikeston High School Orchestra.
But the spotlight will shine brightest on the award recipients.
Nominated earlier this year, a committee has already selected the recipients of the awards for SACC Member of the Year, Educator of the Year, Civic Group of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Small Business of the Year, Business of the Year, Jaycee Distinguished Service, Community Volunteer of the Year, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and Citizen of the Year.
According to Krebs, who has headed up several of the annual awards banquets, each year she comes to appreciate even more those who are involved in the community and the Chamber.
"To hear the accomplishments of the people receiving awards is amazing. To realize how much is going on and that people give that much of their time, they are very deserving of those awards," said Krebs. "And for people to bear witness to those accomplishments is just wonderful."
Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce Director Missy Marshall described this year's recipients as a "cross section of our community. These are outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations."
And just like the Oscars, the Chamber strives to keep the winners' names secret.
"Each year I have any number of people prior to the banquet want to know about the winners. They ask if I can give them a hint on who won," said Marshall. "I can't tell them - it is a secret."
For those who want to be among the first to know, tickets for the banquet, which are $35 per person or $210 for a table of six, are still available. Reservations should be made by April 9 by calling the Chamber office at 471-2498.
Marshall and Krebs agreed the evening is always special and in its own way, star-studded. Marshall added, "It is an opportunity to enjoy a nice dinner, visit and recognize the Sikeston-Miner area's best."