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Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce gets creative with annual banquet alternative

Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce gets creative with annual banquet alternative
December 07
09:02 2020

With masks and social distancing in place, members of the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce greeted guests on Friday, Dec. 4, for a 2020 version of the annual fundraising banquet. And, even with the type of changes that have become typical in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the event organizers deemed it a success.

With local, state and national health experts and officials advising against large gatherings, the Chamber decided against its usual banquet and, instead, planned a Banquet-in-a-Box. The drive-through banquet held at the Breck Trade Days Barn offered community members a chance to pick up a steak and shrimp dinner, as well as try for a chance to win a variety of prizes donated by local businesses and individuals.

Chamber President Chris Curtis said that the banquet was a sold-out event, with all of the meal tickets sold in advance. Additionally, at the drive-through banquet, attendees had a chance to purchase additional raffle tickets for a chance to win several prize packages. “It’s not a full replacement for the banquet, but it’s been pretty successful,” Curtis said.

Etta Wilson hands a drive-through patron their steak and shrimp meal at the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce’s Banquet-in-a-Box event on Friday, Dec. 4. Rodney Hartfield and Amanda Jamison with Pit Stop Bar-B-Q stand by at the preparation table. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Cayce Malcuit helps a drive-through patron with entering his raffle  tickets for the prize packages. With the coronavirus pandemic still posing a threat, the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce came up with the Banquet-in-a-Box as an alternative for its annual fundraising event. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Kydie Edwards takes prize tickets from a drive-through patron during the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce Banquet-in-a-Box on Friday, Dec. 4. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce Office Manager Whitney Stultz, left, and Chamber Director Carrie Holson check in a driver at the chamber’s drive-through Banquet-in-a-Box on Friday, Dec. 4, at the Breck Trade Days Barn. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Cutline, top photo: With masks on and from a safe distance, Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce members greeted those attending the Banquet-in-a-Box at the Breck Trade Days Barn on Friday, Dec. 4. The event was held as an alternative to the traditional fundraising banquet the Chamber has every year. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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