January 30, 2019
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Arlington Chamber Celebrates 95th Annual Arlington Business Gala
Sold-out event raises revenue to support Chamber's work to empower Arlington's business community
2019 Chamber Chair Greg Hamilton welcomes guests to the 95th Annual Arlington Business Gala
ARLINGTON, Va. - The Arlington Chamber of Commerce hosted its 95th Annual Arlington Business Gala on Saturday, January 26 at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City. The sold-out gala, hosted by 2019 Chamber Chair Greg Hamilton of Arlington Magazine, was the Chamber's first major event of 2019 and entertained 370 guests, including members of the Virginia General Assembly, Arlington's Constitutional Officers, all five members of the Arlington County Board, and business leaders from across the area. 

"This year's Arlington Business Gala was one of our most successful yet," said Chamber President & CEO Kate Bates . "Everyone in attendance had a terrific time and supported the Chamber's mission to strengthen Arlington's business environment. We are grateful for everyone who contributed to this event, and look forward to an exceptional 2019."

(Crystal City BID guests with County Board Chair Christian Dorsey: Nicole Echeto, Kyle Easter, Cassie & Brendan Hurley, Maria & Robert Mandle, Christian Dorsey, Tracy & Christian Gabriel (left to right))
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 jewelry, tickets to unique experiences around town, and more

During the live a uction,  attendees had the chance to bid on high-demand items like 8 hours of transportation for a wine tour; a Washington Capitals package with an autographed goalie stick, a puck, and lower level tickets; a catered dinner for 50; and a luxurious two-night stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Central Park. Guests also had the opportunity to win a catered meal for 10  and to enter a raffle drawing to win accommodations to the award winning, five-star Establos Boutique Inn in Panama.
VIPs in attendance included Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington); Delegate Patrick Hope (D-Arlington);  Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey, Vice Chair Libby Garvey, and mem bers Katie Cristol, Matt de Ferranti, and Erik Gutshall; Sheriff Beth Arthur; Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy; Treasurer Carla de la Pava; and Commonwealth's Attorney Theo Stamos.

This year's Arlington Business Gala was made possible thanks to our many sponsors, including Grand Sponsor  Classic Cottages.


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Founded in 1924, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce is a member-centric, volunteer-based, non-profit organization of approximately 750 businesses committed to the economic and civic well being of the community. For more information or to become a member, visit the Chamber website.