January 30, 2018
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Arlington Chamber Celebrates 94th Annual Arlington Business Gala
Sold-out event raises revenue to support Chamber's work to empower Arlington's business community
2018 Chamber Chair Lindsey Rheaume welcomes guests to the 94th Annual Arlington Business Gala
ARLINGTON, Va. - The Arlington Chamber of Commerce hosted its 94th Annual Arlington Business Gala on Saturday, January 27 at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City. The sold-out gala, hosted by 2018 Chamber Chair Lindsey Rheaume of EagleBank, was the Chamber's first major event of 2018 and entertained 350 guests, including members of the Virginia General Assembly, all five members of the Arlington County Board, and business leaders from across the area. 

"This year's Arlington Business Gala was an outstanding success," said Chamber President & CEO Kate Bates. "A fun-filled evening was had by all who attended, and the revenue earned through this event will help our Chamber continue our important work to empower Arlington's business community. We appreciate all who helped make this event possible, and we look forward to continuing this energy through the rest of 2018."

Kate Bates with County Board Vice-Chair Christian Dorsey and members Erik Gutshall and John Vihstadt
Attendees enjoyed a three-course dinner, mingling with fellow Arlington business leaders, dancing to music by the Bachelor Boys Band, and participating in the silent and live auctions. The silent auction featured items  varying from all-inclusive tropical vacations and autographed sports memorabilia to fine wines, tickets to experiences around town, and more . During the live a uction,  attendees bid on high-demand items like an autographed Washington Capitals jersey and tickets, an oil painting by award-winning artist William Woodward, a catered dinner for 50 guests, and a round of golf at the Army Navy Country Club.  Guests also had the opportunity to win four hours of limousine service  and enter a raffle drawing to win accommodations for two people at the St. James Club Morgan Bay in Saint Lucia.
VIPs in attendance included Senator Delegate Barbara Favola (D-Arlington); Delegate Patrick Hope (D-47);  Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol, Vice-Chair Christian Dorsey, and mem bers Libby Garvey, Erik Gutshall, and John Vihstadt; Clerk of the Circuit Court Paul Ferguson; Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy; and Sheriff Beth Arthur.

This year's Arlington Business Gala was made possible thanks to our many sponsors, including Grand Sponsors Crystal City Sports Pub and Energesco Mechanical.

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Founded in 1924, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce is a member-centric, volunteer-based, non-profit organization of approximately 700 businesses committed to the economic and civic well being of the community. For more information or to become a member, visit the Chamber website.