Columbia Chamber Honors Ray Tanner at 2011 Annual Gala

COLUMBIA, S.C. – More than 800 gathered Thursday night at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center for the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Annual Gala. Sponsored by BB&T, the event featured a silent auction, dinner and awards program emceed by Rick Henry, sports director and anchor for WIS TV. Ray Tanner, USC head baseball coach and Chamber Ambassador of the Year, delivered the keynote address.

Tanner reflected on his journey wining back-to-back national championships, “I will never tell you that I knew we would win a national championship, or two, but I would never tell you that the possibility did not exist. I always felt that maybe, somehow, someday, someway, that it would all come together, and because of you, our wonderful city, our great fans and so many great players it did become a reality…and what a great place to celebrate.”  

The Columbia Chamber also presented Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce President Randy Halfacre with an award for Regional Cooperation. Halfacre, who is also mayor of the Town of Lexington, was honored for his work in establishing the MIDSTATE Chambers Coalition, which has brought together 19 chambers from 11 counties in a unified advocacy body.

Awards for Military Advocate and Young Professional of the Year went to:

Military Advocate Award
Joanie Thresher
USO South Carolina

Young Professional of the Year
Tara Williams
AllSouth Federal Credit Union

The Columbia Chamber also unveiled its 2010-2011 Annual Report at the gala. The 35-page report provides insight on the past year’s initiatives, programs and events through editorial, pictures and testimonials. Contact the Columbia Chamber at 803.733.1155 for a copy of the report.

Adding to the excitement, the Columbia Chamber debuted its new brand video.

Watch it now.

For more information on the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, visit www.ColumbiaChamber.com. Like Us on Facebook, Follow Us on Twitter and check out our Blog for up-to-date news from the Chamber.

Photo credit: Kathy Moore Powell, Moore Photography

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