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ECCI celebrates 100th annual awards gala Jan. 25

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ELMHURST -- Members and guests will gather together to celebrate the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce & Industry's 100th Annual Awards Gala, from 5-9 p.m. Jan. 25 in the main floor ballroom at The Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Road, Oak Brook.

During the annual meeting, the Chamber will salute the A.J. "Toche" Terrones Business of the Year, welcome the new chairman of its board of directors, officers and directors, recognize the outgoing chairman, officers and directors, honor the Chairman's Award winner and Ambassador of the Year, and install the 2018 ECCI Civic Hall of Fame honoree.

Business of the Year honors will be bestowed upon The Elmhurst Independent, a chamber member since its 2002 establishment by Pete Cruger, whose family previous owned and operated the Press Publications newspaper chain for four generations. The award is named in memory of A.J. "Toche" Terrones, who served as chamber president for nearly a decade until his death in July of 1999.

Elmhurst resident Genie Urick, long-time producer of the Elmhurst Our Kind of Town local access cable television show and noted author, will be honored as the 27th inductee into the Civic Hall of Fame.

Betsy Hanisch, a chamber member since the 1980s, will be recognized as the Ambassador of the Year for a record-tying third time (1991 and 1998). Ambassador of the Year is presented annually to a green-coated Ambassador for his/her outstanding service.

Lori Murray, vice president and regional manager at Inland Bank, will receive the Chairman's Award. The Chairman's Award is given annually to a Director for his/her outstanding service to the Board, Chairman and President/CEO, or to a non-Director for praiseworthy contributions or performance.

The event is open to all members of the chamber and their guests, as well as any Elmhurst businesspeople interested in learning more about the chamber. Tickets are $100 per person, $190 per couple, $680 for a table of eight, $800 for a table of 10 and $1,000 for an event sponsorship (which includes a table of eight).

Registration can be done online via the Upcoming Events calendar listing on the home page of the Chamber website at www.elmhurstchamber.org or by calling the chamber office at 630-834-6060 by Friday, Jan. 18.