Cleveland/Bradley Chamber To Host 96th Annual Meeting

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce is set to host its 96th Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m.. A celebration of the previous year’s accomplishments, the meeting also reveals the honorees receiving the annual M.C. Headrick Free Enterprise and the Robert W. Varnell Jr. Leadership Awards. It will be held in-person at Westmore Church of God. 
 
Officials said, "The M. C. Headrick Free Enterprise Award is the highest and most prestigious award given by The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the award is to focus on the Free Enterprise system and to honor the memory of one of the most outstanding businessmen Cleveland and Bradley County has ever produced. M. C. was a man who believed wholeheartedly in the fundamental concepts of the Free Enterprise System. Larry McDaniel of The Town Squire, 2021 recipient of the M.C. Headrick Free Enterprise Award will present the award for 2022."

In 2021, Beecher Hunter of Life Care Centers of America was honored with the Robert W. Varnell Jr. Leadership Award, in memory of Robert W. Varnell Jr., for his demonstrated leadership in professional, religious and civic endeavors. Mr. Hunter will be presenting the award at the Annual Meeting to the 2022 recipient.
 
Attendance will be limited, hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the venue and masks are optional.
 
Individual tickets for the event are $50; a corporate table of eight is $575. The registration deadline is this Friday. Members who wish to use available admission credits should call the Chamber office to make reservations. To register to attend the Annual Meeting, visit Clevelandchamber.com and select the event on the Community Calendar, or call the Chamber at 423-472-6587. 
 
Westmore Church of God is located at 2440 Legacy Parkway, NW in Cleveland.
 
For more information, contact Tsullivan@clevelandchamber.com.


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