On December 20th the Chamber held our annual Christmas Social to celebrate the holiday season! We hosted it at The Cotton Barn this year, which was decorated so festively that you couldn’t help but get into the holiday spirit. We enjoyed some delicious food from Famiglia, and exchanged some great gifts from all the local businesses that attended! The Chamber Board decided to honor Debbie Avery at this year’s event, as this was her last event with us as our Executive Director. The Winterville Town Council and Mayor honored her the week prior with a touching Proclamation, and Keen Lassiter, the Town Attorney and Chamber member, was kind enough to read the proclamation this night to share with all of us. We had Alton Wadford, our Chairman of the Board, and Glenda White, our President, speak about the accomplishments throughout Debbie’s career. We also heard from Veronica Roberson, Town Council Member, and our new Mayor, Ricky Hines about how much Debbie means to our community. It seemed everyone chimed in with kind words to say! We presented Debbie with an enormous (and delicious) cake from Sam’s Club, flowers from Winterville Flower Shop, and some beautiful windchimes from PostalAnnex for her to enjoy. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a special night for her!

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Happy retirement Debbie!