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Date(s) - January 25, 2024
12:00 am

Ohio University Inn & Conference Center


Save the date for the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Meeting & Awards Gala on Thursday, January 25th, 2024!


Join us at our Annual Dinner Meeting & Awards Gala at the Ohio University Inn to celebrate the achievements of our members and to establish a new board to guide the Chamber through 2024.

The night kicks off with a social hour, where guests are invited to mingle and get their pictures taken in front of our step-and-repeat. Light appetizers will be offered during the social hour, and a cash bar will be open throughout the night serving up the event’s signature drink along with many other libations.

A formal 3-course sit-down dinner will follow and will feature an entrée choice of either strip steak served with white truffle mashed potatoes and seasonal root vegetables or roasted butternut squash stuffed with quinoa, root vegetables, and topped with vegan cheese. The dessert will be a decadent chocolate trilogy mousse cake.

The night will also include recognition of all of our annual award winners, each of whom will be invited to briefly address the crowd.

Tickets on Sale Starting December 1st!

We are currently still accepting nominations for the Athens Area Chamber Annual Awards, so please scroll down below to read about our 2023 Annual Awards Call for Nominations.


Call for Nominations for 2023 Annual Awards

Help us identify the businesses, organizations, and individuals who have worked hard in 2023 to better the Athens Area by filling out the following nomination form. Each of our six awards focuses on a different type of community impact, and you can read more about criteria for each award and see a list of previous winners on our Annual Awards page.

UPDATE: Nominations are due by 5:00pm on Thursday, December 14th.

Nominations are quick and easy! You do not need to nominate a business or individual in each category, and you do not need to be a Chamber member to make a nomination. Your name and contact information will only be used if follow-up information is required.


Annual Dinner Meeting and Awards Gala Schedule

4:30pm – 5:30pm – Registration and Social Hour

5:45pm – Dinner and Program Begins

Moments from the 2022 Annual Dinner Meeting & Awards Gala:

2022 Chamber Award Winners, left to right: Tim Peacock and Melissa Wales of Stuart’s Opera House (Holzaepfel Economic Impact); Mollie Fitzgerald (Young Professional of the Year); TJ Hooper of 740 Audio (Best New Business); Melissa Bailes-Jewell (Ambassador of the Year); Ben Holter of Shrivers Pharmacy and Wellness (Jon Sparhawk Small Business of the Year); Leslie Schaller (Distinguished Service); Bill L’Heureux and Annie Valeant of The Southern Ohio Copperheads (Community Support).

Sponsorship Opportunities

Show your support for the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and our Annual Awards winners by securing a sponsorship for this year’s event!

Secure Your Sponsorship

Platinum Sponsorship, $2,000 (3 available)

All benefits of Gold level, plus:

  • Lead placement in event promos and Sponsor Thank You page in event program
  • 6 complimentary meal reservations ($450 value)
  • Extra mentions/logo in email and social media posts


Gold Sponsorship, $1,250 (5 available)

All benefits of Silver level, plus:

  • Sponsor’s logo in event promos
  • Verbal recognition during event
  • 4 complimentary meal reservations ($300 value)


Silver Sponsorship, $750 (8 available)

All benefits of Bronze level, plus:

  • Sponsor logo and mention in a Chamber social media post
  • 3 complimentary meal reservations ($225 value)
  • Very own “Thank You” displayed at the event and yours to keep afterwards


Bronze Sponsorship, $500 (8 available)

All benefits of Supporting level, plus:

  • 2 complimentary meal reservations ($150 value)
  • Logo included in Sponsor Thank You page in event program


Supporting Sponsorship, $250

  • Mentions in ChamberGram, email, & website media
  • Name included in Sponsor Thank You page in event program

Table Centerpiece Donations

A beloved tradition of our Annual Dinner Meeting and Awards Gala, every year our Chamber members reserve the opportunity to create a unique centerpiece to be displayed on one of the dinner tables during the event. Since seating is not assigned at this event, attendees often pick their table by the centerpiece that they like the best, in hopes that at the end of the night, they’ll be going home with it as a door prize.

Creating a centerpiece gives you the opportunity to promote to our membership — so show us what you can do, reserve a chance to create a centerpiece today!

Here are some of the centerpiece’s from last year’s event to inspire your creativity:

To reserve a Table Centerpiece, please call Chelsea Clark-Bešić at the Chamber office at 740-593-9353 or email membership@athenschamber.com.