Some 140 people gathered Friday night to celebrate the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce's 115th year of service to the community, and also celebrate WTIM's 70th Anniversary, during the Annual Banquet at the Pillars Event Center.
The event was fully paid for by WTIM so that all proceeds from ticket sales could be split, with 50-percent going to the Chamber, 25-percent each going to the Taylorville Public Schools Foundation and the Taylorville Food Pantry.
Ticket sales provided the Chamber with three-thousand 40-dollars, while the Public Schools Foundation and Food Pantry were each given fifteen-hundred 20 dollars.
Taylorville native and Nashville recording artist Gracia Harrison performed during the social hour and dinner.
Outgoing Chamber president Sarah Van Huss told the gathering the organization now has a new Executive Director and Office Manager.
Van Huss read some of the nomination form for this year's Chamber Volunteer of the Year award winner Lance Nagle.
Chamber President Sarah Van Huss read a portion of the nomination form for this year's Chamber Boss of the Year, Betty Asmussen.
And, WTIM president Randal J. Miller read part of his nomination form for this year's Chamber Citizens of the Year, Joe and Myrna Hauser.
Myrna Hauser was speechless.
Chamber president Sarah Van Huss told those in attendance the Chamber's membership has continued to grow, and expand its connection with local businesses.
Van Huss added this year's Chamber Chillifest is full steam ahead.
The WTIM management, on-air and sales staff were part of the gala Friday night.
Chamber volunteers welcomed all those as they entered the Pillars Event Center Friday night.
Audio Dimensions Entertainment Service provided audio and video for the night, headed by Neil Hohenstein. Here was his set-up.
His company also spent countless hours putting together a 37-minute video on the history of WTIM Radio that was shown at the end of the night. Hohenstein and Addison Vocks did the video work, including editing 4 video interviews with several people involved in WTIM's history, as part of the video. It'll be uploaded to the WTIMTV youtube page.