2022 Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet Moves to Virtual Event

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce has made the difficult decision to move the 2022 Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet to a virtual event airing January 27th

THE DALLES, OR, January 12th, 2022 – The Dalles Chamber along with their title sponsor ISU Insurance Services – The Stratton Agency and Mid-Columbia Health Foundation have made the decision to move the 2022 Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet to virtual event.

Due to rising COVID numbers our registrations are at 25% of normal. Because of the Omicron surge and low registration rates we will be recognizing local community leaders with a virtual presentation. The banquet will air Thursday, January 27th at 6:00 PM. Our awards will highlight Volunteer of the Year, Youth of the Year, Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, First Responder of the Year, Educator of the Year, Agricultural Achievement of the Year, and Business of the Year. The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation will honor the Philanthropist of the Year.

Shellie Campbell, Public Health Director at North Central Public Health District supports the Chamber’s decision. “Due to rising Omicron numbers in our community and the safety of our citizens I support moving the Distinguished Citizens Banquet to an online presentation.”

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors put out this statement, “We understand the difficulties of this decision and fully support the chamber to change the Distinguished Citizens Banquet to a Virtual Presentation due the rising numbers in our community. As always, the safety and well-being of our community members is our top priority. Thank you for understanding and we look forward to seeing our Award Winners honored in a virtual presentation.” 

Keep watching the Community Connector as well as our social media and website for updates about the banquet.