Chamber to Honor ‘Hometown Heroes’ at Dec. 12 Event

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Former Mayor Anthony Williams

On Thursday, Dec. 12, the DC Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Board Meeting & Chairman’s Inaugural Breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The breakfast meeting will be quite special. For bringing Major League Baseball back to the District, the Chamber will honor former Mayor Anthony Williams, former Council Chairman Linda Cropp, five former Council members — Harold Brazil, Sandra Allen, Kevin Chavous, the late Sharon Ambrose and Vincent Orange — and one current member, Jack Evans. Orange is the Chamber’s current president and CEO.

In 2004 and 2006, this group stood strong, supporting or voting for baseball’s return to D.C. and the construction of Nationals Park. Each individual will receive the “Hometown Hero Award,” which includes a World Series replica trophy and a World Series cap, as well as a Southwest Airlines roundtrip travel certificate. The award presenters will include Ajay Madan, chairman of the DC Chamber’s board, and Karen Price-Ward of Southwest Airlines.

Saxophonist Brian Lenair will kick off the Dec. 12 event prior to the invocation and the serving of breakfast. In between the awards ceremony and the beginning of the program, there will be a dialogue about building a competitive city.

Originally formed to provide services to African American businesses in the District, the DC Chamber of Commerce was incorporated on June 20, 1938. The name was changed in 1946 to the Negro Chamber of Commerce. A decade later, Chamber leadership reevaluated the District’s business needs and renamed itself the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce, expanding to serve all businesses in the area.

Chairman’s Inaugural Breakfast, the Chamber holds lots of other noteworthy events throughout the year, including the Chamber’s Choice Awards & Gala. The October gala celebrates over 1,000 of the city’s business owners, corporate citizens and dignitaries and another year of success in working together.

For information and tickets, visit dcchamber.org/about-us/events-calendar/.

Former Council Chairman Linda Cropp
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