The Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce is starting the new year out by doing something it’s never done before. In effort to boost funds in a new and exciting way, the chamber is partnering with Oasis Sports Bar & Grill and hosting a fundraiser dance Saturday, Feb. 4.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to do something that’s not centered on another event,” said Shelli Robb-Kahler, executive director. “This is all our own.”
The dance — which is expected to become an annual and possibly even biannual event depending on its success — will feature a live performance by the band Creme Tangerine.
Robb-Kahler decided to book Creme Tangerine after hearing multiple positive reviews from peninsula residents who’ve attended concerts over the past few years.
“When I was talking to the band members, they said Sequim is one of their favorite places to play,” Robb-Kahler said. “They were very willing to work with us and will keep playing as long as people keep listening.”
While the band takes a break, guests can participate in games to win prizes. Tickets also will be for sale at the door for various raffle items, including Mariners tickets and a date night basket with champagne and theater tickets.
Because the band has such a good reputation in the area, organizers are selling all 150 tickets in advance. Tickets cost $25 per person and include one complimentary glass of wine or beer and an appetizer bar. Additional menu items are also available as well as a no host bar. Absolutely no tickets will be available at the door.
“I really don’t think we will have any problems selling out before the event,” Robb-Kahler predicted. “People are already hearing about it and saying, ‘That’s not a very big venue for that band, I better buy my tickets now.’”
Creme Tangerine is a Beatles tribute band based out of Seattle.
“Their music is well-loved across so many generations,” Robb-Kahler said. “They’re so popular that we might even invite them back next year.”
The mission of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce is to advance and promote business by providing a forum to address issues and to unite and support membership and community through programs, events and services.
The chamber operates the Visitor Information Center— open 7 days a week, all year long except for major holidays — and serves an estimated 25,000 guests each year.
“By supporting the chamber, you help support the businesses in the community,” Robb-Kahler said. “It’s a win-win for everyone.”
The chamber is just shy of 500 members this year.
“Even in a daunting economy we’ve been able to hold our own,” Robb-Kahler said. “People are seeing the value of us working together and it’s important to us to help Sequim businesses because it helps Sequim as a whole.”
Membership benefits include a brochure display at the Visitor Information Center, business listing on the chamber’s website and monthly networking opportunities including luncheons and after-hours gatherings.
Additional optional member benefits include access to relocation inquiries, website banner advertising, enhanced website business listing, newsletter advertising and inserts in the monthly newsletter mailing.
For more information, go to www.sequimchamber.com.