Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tickets Available for DDA Annual Awards Dinner

Businesses, volunteers and others will be recognized at the Clayton Downtown Development Association’s Annual Awards Dinner on Monday, November 9 at the Clayton Steakhouse.

Highlights will include a review of the year’s accomplishments and recognition of outgoing DDA members. A social time with a cash bar will begin at 5:30 pm and time to bid on Silent Auction items. A guest speaker and musical guest will also be featured. Tickets are $20.00 per person and will include dinner, beverage and dessert, with proceeds to benefit CDDA projects.

The DDA will announce the 2009 NC Main Street Champion, who will also be recognized at the NC Main Street Annual Awards Dinner in New Bern on January 28. Past recipients have been Barry Woodard and Joyce Blackley.

DDA President, Ed Knight said, “This is our opportunity to publicly recognize the people and businesses that are making a difference in downtown Clayton,” adding that, “they are all volunteers. Without the volunteers, it would be a lot tougher to accomplish anything.”

Several new awards will be presented on November 9. According to CDDA Organization Committee chair, Betsy Grannis, this will be the inaugural year of the “Downtown First Awards,” in which nominated businesses and individuals who “place Clayton first” will be recognized. These include, Outstanding Volunteer; Outstanding Downtown Business, Outstanding New Downtown Business, and Outstanding Individual within a Downtown Business or Organization.

Nominations must be received by the DDA no later than Tuesday, October 27.

Click here for the nomination form and criteria. Nomination forms are also available at The Clayton Center (reception desk), 111 E Second Street; Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, 100 Church Street and the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, 301 E Main Street.

Guest speaker will be Gina Moreland, chair of the Clayton Public Art Advisory Board. Ms. Moreland will discuss the role of the board and how they relate to downtown Clayton.

There will be live music with the vocal trio, C3/Cho-Zen. A silent auction will also take place with some great items, such as a Dale Earnhardt, Jr. racing jacket, a limited edition golf bag and a baseball signed by Andruw Jones.

All DDA board members and committee members will have them for sale and they are available at these locations:
Blackley’s Printing, 229 E Main Street; Clayton Steakhouse, 307 E Main Street; Fancy That, 120 E Main Street.

For more information please contact Downtown Development Coordinator Bruce Naegelen at or 553-1545.

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