February is Gala Month at the Chamber
Each February on the fourth Thursday, the Chamber has its annual Awards Gala at the luxurious Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. This is a time for us all to fete 18 of our members for being very good at what they do, and have an entertaining evening at the same time. There are six categories with three nominees in each (scroll down to see the categories and nominees).
On Thursday, February 25, 2016, the evening will begin with an Art Sale in a gallery setting, combined with a cocktail hour. Ten local artists will be showing a selection of their works. Dinner is served at 7:00 in the Anacapa room and once again we will be treated to the superior entertainment from Ojai’s own Alan Thornhill and Martin Young through the dinner hour. Before the awards program begins, Cary Odes will return to Ojai and give us some of his comedic impressions of Ojai life.
The awards program will begin about 8:30. Done in Oscar-style, each nominee has a 30-second video interview clip as each category is announced. These are often as much the highlight of the evening as the actual winning of each award. While only Chamber members are nominated, anyone may vote. To cast your vote you can click here. The ballot will close at midnight.
Closing out the evening, we have the drawing for the Big Ticket Raffle. Five prizes are up for grabs this year; (1) 3 Nights for two at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua-Maui (with airfare); (2) 3 nights for two at the New Orleans Marriot (with airfare); 2 nights for two at the Solage Calistoga Resort in Napa Valley; (4) 3 nights for up to 4 people in a beautiful coastal home in Cambria, CA; and (5) 4 person Ojai Valley Wine Tasting Tour at 3 Ojai Wineries, dinner voucher at Deer Lodge, transportation via Ojai Limousine Service and a 2-room suite for 1 night at the Emerald Iguana Inn. Raffle tickets are $50 each or 5 for $200. Tickets are for sale at the Chamber office or online, or from the Gala Committee members and Chamber Board of Directors.
This is the Chamber’s primary fundraiser of the year and there are sponsorships available. Reservations for the Awards Gala are $100 each and include two drink vouchers, salad, dinner, dessert and two bottles of wine at each table of eight. Reservations can be made by clicking here, or by calling the Chamber office (805-646-8126) or at the Chamber office at 206 N. Signal St., Suite P in Ojai. Dress is cocktail attire. Deadline for reservations is 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 19, 2016. There will be no reservations sold at the event.