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Chamber Dinner supports buy local campaign

Friday, January 29, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- This year's Greater Greencastle Chamber of Commerce annual dinner is supporting the "buy local" campaign this year and will feature local talent as the entertainment at the Jan. 30 event.

"We have all local county talent to support our buy local campaign," said chamber executive director Tammy Amor.

Five acts will perform during the evening, kicking off with the Covered Bridge County Chorus and ending with the DePauw University Gospel Choir.

Also performing is the DePauw Percussion Ensemble as well as local students Emily Wilson with a Celtic dance routine and Brockman Guinee with a juggling act.

Drinks, appetizers and bidding on silent auction items will take place during the social hour at the DePauw University Indoor Tennis and Track Facility beginning at 6 p.m.

There are some great items up for auction, including signed sports memorabilia from Bob Knight, Peyton Manning, Joseph Addai, Yogi Berra and others.

Also his and her watches and bracelets, a Blu-Ray player, electronics, plenty of overnight stays at casinos and hotels as well as numerous restaurant gift cards.

Dinner will follow at 7 p.m. and features an Italian theme that includes tomato basil chicken or vegetarian lasagna, Caesar salad, Italian vegetables, garlic bread and double chocolate cake.

Couples and groups can also have their professional photos taken by Amber Bowers Photography during the social hour.

Following dinner, the presentation of awards will take place, including the announcement of the 2009 Putnam County Citizen of the Year and the Chamber's Director of the Year award. Outgoing president Amy Doan will say goodbye and incoming president Laurie Hardwick will be introduced.

Anyone with questions about the dinner can contact Tammy Amor at 653-4517 or email her at gchchamber@gogreencastle.com.

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I'm all for buying locally so long as prices are competitive with out of town merchants. I will even factor in my time savings to buy locally. But when some local businesses seemingly take advantage of being the only store of their type in town, they price themselves out of consideration.

-- Posted by VolunteerFF on Fri, Jan 29, 2010, at 7:21 AM

So the article doesn't say which restaurant locally is providing the dinner? Or is it an out of town business providing the meal?

-- Posted by macvrod on Fri, Jan 29, 2010, at 7:46 AM

I personally am willing to pay a bite more to support local business. I like our small community and would like to see it stay that way. I understand due to smaller volume of customers it is harder to stay competitive with out of town merchants. Times are tough for all you have to do what is needed in your situation.

-- Posted by worrieddaddy on Fri, Jan 29, 2010, at 8:45 PM

A bit more is certainly to be expected. The small stores can't buy in the same quantities as the big stores, so they pay more. But when the difference gets to be 30% or more, that would seem to be taking advantage. If they stay reasonable, I will gladly pay a bit more for the convenience.

-- Posted by VolunteerFF on Sat, Jan 30, 2010, at 6:20 AM

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