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Food and fun at chamber night out

POSTED: October 7, 2010 5:00 p.m.
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Chamber of commerce members help themselves to Lowcountry boil on Friday during a m embership appreciation party at the Mills House.

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Liberty County business owners and community leaders, many who spend their days addressing the needs of customers, relaxed Friday night at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership appreciation Lowcountry boil and permitted others to take care of them.
Attendees gathered at the Mills House on Highway 84 in Hinesville and dined on Lowcountry boil, an array of desserts, beer and wine. Chamber interim director Leah Poole said meal preparations where handled mostly by Poole’s Deli, with help from sponsors, event committee chairmen and volunteers.
“It was a committee effort to get the food purchased, cooked and served and Poole’s Deli played a huge part in getting that done. However, Josh Wheeler with The Heritage Bank and Colby Harris of Harris Ace Hardware, who were committee chairs for this event, rallied together a good group of guys who were willing to spend almost all day Friday cooking and prepping,” Poole said.
After the feast, guests mingled and danced to classic rock tunes courtesy of Wayne County band Dennis and the Menace.
VIP Office Furniture and Supply retail operations executive Cathy O’Hagan and operations vice president Barbara Meador sat at a table with friends and family, enjoying music and sampling the fare.
“This is a great opportunity to meet new chamber members and mingle with other friends in the business community. It is a good night of relaxing and fellowshipping,” O’Hagan said.
Com. Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Ashmen was happy to see local business owners recognized and treated to an evening of fun in exchange for the countless hours they spend serving the community.
“The chamber of commerce and local businesses in Hinesville do a lot to support soldiers and their families. I have been deployed three times and each time, coming home to see how local businesses in the community come together to support troops — especially single soldiers who don’t necessarily have family here when they redeploy — is really tremendous,” Ashmen said. “When single soldiers come home and walk into their barracks rooms to find care packages on the bed with items provided by businesses and the Chamber in Hinesville, it really shows gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices our soldiers make every day.”
Poole, who said she thought the event’s turnout was better than it had been in recent years, echoed Ashmen’s sentiment, stressing the importance of chamber members’ continued support.
“It is a continued testament to the good work and the valuable things that the chamber is able to accomplish that our members step up to the plate each and every year to continue to support everything that the chamber does,” she said. “Without our members, the chamber could never accomplish the things that we are able to do and this is a chance for people to come let their hair down, socialize and have a good time.”
 

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