By Wendy Burton
Phoenix Staff Writer
Special music, a silent auction and a Mexican buffet awaited attendees of the Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce annual banquet Thursday.
Fort Gibson’s chamber had an excellent year in 2012, said Chamber Director Gary Perkins.
The annual golf tournament, car show, fireworks show, barbecue festival, 5K runs and Christmas parade were all deemed successful — and fun — Perkins said.
The chamber is now looking forward to 2013, with a new 10K run planned with Cherokee Nation “Wings” coming in August in addition to the many annual events the chamber sponsors, he said.
The 2013 Board of Directors were presented, including, President Steve Woods, Vice President Justin Calvert, Secretary/Treasurer Justin Young, Tonia Cooper, Will Crawford, Lisa Clayton, Mark Young, David Perry and Cheryl Hill.
The annual Teacher of the Year awards also were presented, along with $50 gift certificates for each teacher.
“Over the 10 years I’ve lived here, I’ve seen Fort Gibson schools literally set the bar for other districts,” Hill said. “And every day, I see our teachers nurture the spirits and the talents of our young people.”
Those honored were Melanie Wicks, Sara Perry, Angie Woolbright and Rene Cherry.
The chamber banquet also featured a fundraising, silent auction — including a 60-inch television — and a buffet provided by Fajita Rita’s of Fort Gibson.
Members of the Cherokee National Youth Choir sang the national anthem, then later gave a short concert for the attendees.
Dates for the chamber’s annual events have been announced, including the Spring Fling 5K Run on April 6; golf tournament May 18; annual Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show June 14 and 15; July 4th fireworks show, Fort Gibson 10K (new) and 5K runs Aug. 24; Smokin’ the Fort BBQ event Oct. 25 and 26; and Starlight Christmas Parade on Dec. 2.
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