Chamber awards to be handed out Monday night

“An Evening at the Oscars” is the theme of Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet which will take place Monday night, Jan. 22 at the Heart of Texas Civic Center. It’s also a new date for the event which is normally held in April. “The ballots are in and the awards are prepared as we get ready to pay tribute to those who have helped make Brady such a great place to live,” Chamber executive vice president DeLaine Poe said. Highlight of the evening will be naming of the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Citizen of the Year Award, Distinguished Public Service Award, Business of the Year and the President’s Award. Special speaker for the event will be Dennis Gaines, a cowboy humorist from San Marcos. He was most recently named as the Best Cowboy Storyteller/Humorist of 2000 by the Academy of Western Artists. “My name is Dennis Gaines, although I’ve been called worse. I drew a paycheck as a working cowpuncher for a long time then some folks with more kindly compassion than good judgment told me I ought to be in the entertainment business,” he said. Gaines published his first book “New Tradition: Western Verse,” in 1990. This was so well received that he produced an audiotape entitled, “Live From Hotel Turkey.” Some of his appearances have been at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nev., the National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration in Lubbock, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, the Texas Cowboy Reunion at Stamford, the XIT Ranch Reunion at Dalhart and the Texas Folklife Festival at San Antonio. He was featured in the “Texas Country Reporter” television show, a segment that generated one of the highest viewer response rates in the show’s history. The banquet meal will be catered by Lone Star BBQ. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce office or from any Chamber director for $10 each. Door prizes will be awarded. The dress is business casual. The fun-filled evening will kick off at 7 p.m. at the civic center.

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