The Keene Chamber of Commerce will host its 26th annual awards banquet at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at the Keene Community Center, 1000 N. Old Betsy Road.
The banquet features eight awards for Educator of the Year (four from Keene ISD and four from Keene’s private schools), Community Service, Community Improvement, Young Entrepreneur, the Phillip Sparks Helping Hands Award and Citizen of the Year.
Dennis Swanberg, a Christian comedian who is popular on the Gaither Homecoming circuit and cruises, will provide entertainment.
Swanberg, affectionately known to his national TV audiences as “The Swan,” is a seasoned and solid communicator whose sly wit delivers life-enriching truths to the heart on wings of laughter.
Keene Chamber President Paul Gnadt said Swanberg is a well-qualified teacher, speaker, author, counselor, preacher and TV host.
“Dr. Swanberg was host of ‘The Dennis Swanberg Show,’ and ‘Swan’s place,’ formerly nationally televised cable television shows that were viewed by over one million households,” Gnadt said. “He is a welcome and popular guest on Dr. James Dobson’s national broadcasts and other TV and radio stations throughout the country.
“A deeply loved pastor, Dr. Swanberg has won the hearts of audiences across the country. The Swan has been called ‘America’s Minister of Encouragement’ because of his constant work at lifting hearts and leading people to a richer life through his ‘one of a kind’ humor.
“His side- splitting stories of growing up, families, and the funny side of life entertains his audience even as he implants a strong message: we all have our flaws and foibles but we can also find a reason to smile.”
Swanberg was a guest speaker at the chamber’s banquet in 2003.
The banquet will be catered by Chef Sualua Tupolo, food service director at Southwestern Adventist University.
Limited seating is still available for the banquet. Tickets are $40 per person for chamber members and can only be purchased by phone or in person at the chamber office, 110 S. Old Betsy Road.
Corporate tables of eight have been on sale for a couple of weeks.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.