Stepping out in style!

Chamber black-tie expo excites guests with Oscar theme

Fifty or so diverse businesses — small, large and nonprofit — showed their wares and services to about 300 elegantly clad people at the annual Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber’s Black Tie Gala and Expo Feb. 8.

The event has an Oscar theme, which didn’t disappoint, said chamber President Ron Hinrichs.

“People seemed very excited,” he said. “They came in black tie and ball gowns, and that’s exactly what we were hoping for. Vendors also played along with the theme.

Community Publishing & Printwell had a photo setup where people could hold an Oscar statuette and have their picture taken, and Sterling Office Systems of Livonia had a 3D printer set up and they were printing little Oscar statuettes.”

About 15 restaurant also offered sumptuous fare for the party-goers.

The three-hour event, held at Crystal Gardens in Southgate, offered everyone a chance to dine, mingle and network, which is the intent of the expo, formerly held by the Downriver Community Conference and Downriver Metroplex  Alliance. It used to be a three-day affair held at Yack Arena in Wyandotte.

The chamber took it over, and in 2018, moved it to Crystal Gardens after “reassessing the needs and desires of our membership,” Hinrich said.

And the event’s afterglow, featuring a live band, was “just a blast,” he added.

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