On Thursday night, I had the pleasure of seeing all of our hard work at the Chamber come to life. The PennSuburban Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Dinner & Awards Celebration at PineCrest Country Club in Lansdale. This year’s ceremony happened to fall upon the Chamber’s 100 year anniversary. In celebration of the centennial event, the Chamber presented Lansdale School of Business with the Business of the Century award. Lansdale School of Business is the longest standing member of the Chamber, contributing 95 years of service to the community.
In addition to this once-in-a-lifetime award, seven others individuals and groups were awarded Chamber honors, among them Risa Ferman, the Montgomery County District Attorney. Risa’s contributions to the local community garnered her the Community Service Award. Risa is a strong advocate for children, recently authoring a book that teaches children how to protect themselves online. It was an honor to be among her, and the other deserving award winners, that evening.
Working the event was a little nervewracking. I was in charge of making sure all of the visuals and video we spent hours on went smoothly. The pressure was intense! I sat in front of a room of over 200 guests, so I had to make sure everything was perfect. Thanks to countless practice attempts, everything went according to plan.
From licking invitation envelopes to writing copy to spending four hours in painful heels, seeing our efforts in action, and the warm response from attendees, was worth every minute. I love my internship at the Chamber. I have met so many wonderful people, from big name businessmen at Verizon and TDBank, to local shop owners that started from scratch. I never expected to get so much out of this internship, but it truly is the best networking experience I have ever received. On Friday, I am meeting with one of the editors of The Reporter to discuss an opportunity as a columnist, writing about fashion and saving money (two of my biggest passions). Stay tuned and wish me luck!