Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony
Event Dates and Times
- Starts: 5:30 PM
Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort
The Bay County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony is scheduled for January 20, 2017, at the Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort. A social and silent auction benefiting Junior Leadership Bay begins at 5:30 p.m. with program and dinner beginning at 7 p.m.
This event will celebrate the Chamber's successes of 2016 and honor the outgoing Chairman of the Board, Robert Carroll. The program will also include presentations for Member of the Year Award and the Lauren Merriam Award, which is the highest recognition given by the Chamber for community service in our area.
Lauren Merriam Award explanation
The Lauren Merriam Memorial Award is presented annually by the Bay County Chamber of Commerce to a member of the Bay County business community who best exemplifies the characteristics embodied by Lauren Merriam, a Past President of the Chamber in 1959 and the original Chairman of the Chamber's First Friday Club. Most importantly among those characteristics are commitment to the community's well-being, as exemplified by involvement in civic, charitable and/or endeavors contributing to the betterment of Bay County and the benefit of its citizens -- and the ability not to take oneself, or one's peers, too seriously. Merriam did a lot for our community and in the process, he enjoyed himself.