As it had last year, the Chamber again will have two sessions for its members, their guests or prospective member businesses “who want to meet us and our business community,” FWKCC president/CEO Julie Blaylock said. There will be a breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. and an after-hours open house from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
“We got such positive feedback from attendees of last year’s breakfast and after-hours open houses who were extremely thankful that we offered two options to attend, and also to contribute to our Holiday Giving Tree project,” she added.
This year, “our very own Santa and Mrs. Claus will make appearances and be available for photos at both open houses, and we are finalizing details for some special local musical performance,” Blaylock said. “Like last year, we’ll focus on spotlighting just one beverage and one refreshments provider for each time slot.
“Restaurants continue to fight uphill battles with staffing and workforce ...,” she added. “We’re looking at ways to bring more of our restaurants back into this event in the future; but for this year, it made it easier to keep it simple.
“We’re delighted to spotlight Dixie Lee Wines & Liquors as a sponsor of the after-hours open house.”
While at the event, members can “pay it forward” by participating in the “Gold Giving Tree,” which will benefit the soon-to-be new residents of Volunteer Ministry Center’s Caswell Manor. Chamber members and guests can adopt and be a “Santa” to those residents.
“Chamber members can bring individual, new, unwrapped items from the resident profile wish lists or from VMC’s master wish list to either of the FWKCC Open Houses on Dec. 6,” Blaylock said.
The Chamber CEO/president said guests can park in either of the lots behind FWKCC’s rear staff parking, behind its neighbor, FirstBank, or across Kingston Pike near the old Ingles building.
“Please walk down to the lighted crosswalk to cross safely,” she added.
“Please do not park in front (of the bank)—that’s for bank customers.”