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Chamber dinner to feature Broadway stars

January 20th, 2007 8:42 pm by Staff report

KINGSPORT - Broadway stars will join the Symphony of the Mountains Orchestra at the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce 60th Annual Dinner on Friday, Feb. 2, at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center.

The annual event combines good food, fellowship and top-notch entertainment, and has grown to become the largest chamber dinner in the nation. Last year, more than 1,200 people attended.

This year Broadway stars Raymond Saar, who has starred in "Phantom of the Opera" and "Les Miserables," and Diane Ketchie, who made her Broadway debut in "Phantom of the Opera," will join the Symphony of the Mountains Orchestra in a musical tribute to favorite songs of the Broadway stage and silver screen.

The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at the Kingsport Chamber, 151 East Main Street, downtown Kingsport, or by calling (423) 392-8800. The ticket includes dinner and the entertainment.

As a special offer, this year's Kingsport Chamber Annual Dinner ticket will also be good as a free ticket to any Symphony of the Mountains Orchestra concert during the 2007 season.

"The Kingsport Chamber Annual Dinner is always a great and entertaining evening," said Brad Hoover, 2006 Kingsport Chamber president and senior vice president for Citizens Bank. "It's a chance for people who love great music - especially Broadway music - to dress in their finest evening attire and be enthralled by world-class music while enjoying a great dinner."

During the event, Hoover will turn the Kingsport Chamber presidency gavel over to 2007 Kingsport Chamber President Tony Hewitt, the commercial development and community relations director with BAE Systems. The Kingsport Chamber will also celebrate its accomplishments of 2006 and look ahead to its 2007 agenda.

And the chamber will present its Lifetime Member Award, which honors an individual for a lifetime of outstanding service to the community.

The event has more than 60 corporate sponsors. Eastman Chemical Co. serves as title sponsor and WJHL News Channel 11 is host sponsor. Holston Valley Medical Center is the entertainment sponsor, Eastman Credit Union serves as concert hall and stage sponsor and Oak Hill Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations serves as reception sponsor.

Anniversary sponsors are: BAE Systems; Eastman Chemical Co.; Eastman Credit Union; Holston Valley Medical Center; Indian Path Medical Center; Oak Hill Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations; and WJHL News Channel 11.

Diamond sponsors are: AccuForce Staffing Services; AmSouth Bank; Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C.; Citizens Bank; First Tennessee Bank; MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center; Symphony of the Mountains Orchestra; UBS Financial Services.

Gold sponsors are: Bristol Motor Speedway, Cardiovascular Associates P.C.; Charter Business; Charter Communications; Charter Media; Food City; Hampton Inn - Kingsport; King College; Pepsi; and Town & Country Realty.

Silver sponsors are: A&L Industrial; Appalachian Power; Cooper Standard Automotive; Dent K. Burk Associates P.C.; EMBARQ; Emory & Henry College; Gilbert Advanced Asset Management; Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes; Holston Medical Group; ICG/Holliston; Kingsport Housing & Redevelopment Authority; McLeod Cancer & Blood Center; NETWORKS - Sullivan Partnership; Rodefer Moss & Company PLLC; SunTrust Bank; TriSummit Bank; Urology Associates of Kingsport P.C.; and Weyerhaeuser.

Bronze sponsors are: AFG Industries; Alley's of Kingsport; Bank of Tennessee; Blackburn, Childers & Steagall PLC; Chef's Pizzeria; Citi Cards; CSX Transportation; East Lawn Funeral Home; East Tennessee State University; First Community Bank; HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital; Hunter, Smith & Davis LLP; IntelliThought; Pal's Sudden Service; Peoples Community Bank – Kingsport; Phil Bachman Honda; Sullivan County Bank; Tele-Optics; The First Bank & Trust Company; Toyota-Lexus-Scion of Kingsport; Tusculum College; UT–Battelle LLC; and Wilson Worley Moore Gamble & Stout P.C.

The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization comprised of nearly 1,000 members. The Kingsport Chamber has been accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for 25 years. For more information, go to or

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