Wednesday 24 October 2012

Oh So Social- Awards Gala

Last Friday, I was invited to the local Chamber of Commerce annual Awards Gala. This was the first year that I attended.

The event was held at a local golf club and the evening started off with a cocktail reception. The award nominees were given corsages when they arrived and a local winery provided a wine tasting for all guests. There was a bar where people could get cocktails and wait staff passed out hors d'oeuvres. I saw spring rolls, meat on a stick and Swedish meatballs, but I know there was more. They also had pictures and brief bios of all nominees on display. 

There were about 250 people there and I saw a lot of people I knew, some of them I hadn't seen in awhile, so it was nice to catch up. I ended up meeting someone who works in development from the University that I graduated from. She and I had a great chat and I really enjoyed meeting her!

We were later moved into a different room for the award ceremony. There was the mandatory speech by the Chamber Chair, the committee was introduced, sponsors acknowledged, etc. An MC told some funny stories and each award was presented by a character- Mama Bear from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, a Chinese businessman, a lounge singer, etc- who did a skit before introducing the nominees and the winner.

Two girls I went to high school with ended up winning the award for women in business! I was so happy and excited for them!

After the awards, there was more food and drinks. The area where the cocktail reception was, housed a dessert buffet and a cheese, cracker, pickles, grilled asparagus, etc table. On the other side of the building, there was a risotto bar. Just past the risotto bar, there was a room that had tables to sit at and prime rib sandwiches. This room also had a photo booth, which was fun!

I wore a black lace v-neck empire dress, black Ralph Lauren stilettos, black clutch, simple gold necklace, white diamond cluster earrings, black and white diamond cluster ring. (I should've taken a picture...)

It was a really fun night and I had such a great time!

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