Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Virtual Gala to Celebrate Community Volunteers

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce will host its annual President’s Gala on January 29 to celebrate the chamber and the Fort Bend community. The virtual gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the entire community.

This year’s theme is “The Power of Us” in recognition of the number of chamber volunteers who have given their time and effort to advocate for businesses in Fort Bend County.

“The gala is a celebration of our volunteers,” said chamber president and CEO Keri Schmidt. “We want to acknowledge our appreciation for what they have done.”

Jonathan Pursch, 2020 chamber president, will host the event, which begins with a virtual VIP lounge at 6 p.m. The main program will follow thereafter.

Juliette Nessmith, the chamber’s program director, said attendees are encouraged to dress in superhero attire while watching the program. “We encourage people to share photos they take at home on Facebook using our hashtag, #PowerOfUs to make them feel like they’re at the event in person,” she said. “We want people to be excited about it.”

The event is not a fundraiser for the chamber, Schmidt noted. Rather, it is an opportunity for the chamber to honor people in the community who have made a difference.

“What’s really exciting for this year is that even though we’re virtual, we have some really big surprises,” Schmidt said. “We are going to announce special rewards, and some of them will be surprises. People who tune in will see great things that we celebrate.

Tickets for the gala are $100, which includes two tickets. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Entrants can share a photo on Facebook using the hashtag #PowerOfUs to be entered into a raffle for a prize. Register online at

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