The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their Annual Meeting and Business Celebration on Friday, January 28, 2022, at 6 p.m., at the Julian Carroll Convention Center. Presenting Sponsors are Mercy Health and CSI.
The program will celebrate 2021’s successes for Chamber members, honor award winners and celebrate the Paducah business community. The theme is “Celebrating a Legacy of Leadership” and will highlight more of the plans for the Chamber’s Leadership Center that is in the launching stages.
The Chamber will recognize businesses and individuals who have made a difference in the community in 2021. The emcees are Todd Faulkner, WPSD Local 6, and Suzanne Farmer, Mercy Health.
The featured speaker is Sarah Frey, who founded a multimillion-dollar Certified Woman Owned Business, Frey Farms. The business is headquartered just outside of Mount Vernon, Illinois.
She is also the author of the best-selling book The Growing Season: How I Built a New Life – and Saved an American Farm published by Random House in August of 2020. She will serve as the Co-Executive Producer of an upcoming ABC television series based on her life, also called The Growing Season.
Her family business plants thousands of acres of fruits and vegetables across seven states. Thanks to the millions of melons and pumpkins she sells annually, Frey has been dubbed “America’s Pumpkin Queen” by the national press.
Inspired by her humble beginnings and early life on the farm, she continues to create opportunities for those living and working in rural communities. “The Growing Season” tells the story of how she literally dug her destiny out of the dirt. Rather than leaving her rural community, she found adventure and opportunity that paid off in unexpected ways.
“We are excited for our Annual Meeting and Business Celebration to return to our traditional date of the last Friday night in January,” said Sandra Wilson, Chamber President. “It’s a quick turn-around from our most recent Annual Meeting in September, which was postponed due to the pandemic, but we are happy to be back on track again in 2022.”
2021 Board Chair Dr. Anton Reece, West Kentucky Community & Technical College, will be recognized and ceremoniously pass the gavel to 2022 Board Chair Cory Hicks, Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership. The 2021 and 2022 officers and Board Members will also be recognized.
Corporate sponsorships or reserved tables are available by contacting the Chamber at 270-443-1746. The deadline for sponsorships is January 6.