Tickets on sale for M-F's annual awards banquet

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The annual awards banquet that celebrates the Milton-Freewater's shining stars is quickly approaching.

Tickets are available for the 63rd annual Awards Banquet, which will take place a week from today.

The dinner event is a celebration of the community's outstanding citizens and also serves as a fundraiser with a silent auction.

Rhonda's Catering Service will prepare a prime rib and chicken dinner with trimmings and loads of side dishes. The event will include presentations of an Agri-Business Award, Golden Pioneer of the Year, Junior Citizen of the Year, Man of the Year and Woman of the Year. The event is also a chance to recognize Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce board members.

The banquet takes place in the Community Building, 109 N.E. Fifth Ave. Tickets are $28 apiece and can be purchased at the Chamber office, 157 S. Columbia St. For more details call 541-938-5563.

An October Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign at local Safeway stores raised nearly $21,000 for patients at Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center.

Officials from Safeway stores in Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater presented a check early this week for $20,670.26 to the hospital's regional cancer center, according to an announcement from St. Mary.

Throughout the campaign, customers were invited to donate to the cause as they passed through the checkstands. The proceeds go into a fund for breast cancer research, screening, treatment and patient assistance programs at Providence St. Mary. All of the money stays in the community to help local women.

Safeway stores on Rose Street, Plaza Way and Milton-Freewater's Columbia Street, have offered the campaign every year since 2005, when customers raised $2,500 in the inaugural campaign. This year's contribution brings the total amount donated since that first year to $104,523.26, an amount that has helped hundreds of local people with breast cancer.

One of the most common cancers nationally and in the Walla Walla Valley, breast cancer affects one of every seven to eight women in her lifetime, the announcement said. One out of every five cancers treated at St. Mary is breast cancer.

College Place corporate communications firm CMBell Company has received three national awards from the Service Industry Awards competition.

The company received Gold and Bronze awards for two direct-mail pieces for a California-based law firm, and a Bronze Award for Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital's cancer ad series, according to an announcement.

The results of the competition were announced this week. Nearly 2,000 entries were evaluated by a national panel of judges reviewing creativity, quality, consumer appeal, breakthrough advertising content and execution.

CMBell, launched in 1998, showcases clients' work and offers marketing tips for businesses on its blog, CMBellNotes.blogspot.com.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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