The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its 172nd annual meeting, An Evening in Italy, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday in the Frances Anne Moody Ballroom at the Moody Gardens Hotel, 1 Hope Blvd.

This year’s annual meeting will feature a stroll through Italy, awards ceremony, dinner and entertainment. The awards ceremony will recognize outstanding businesses and individuals that are making a measurable impact on the community.

Award categories include the Christie Mitchell Beachcomber Award, Texas Strong Heroes, Board Members of the Year, President’s Award, Businesses of the Year, International Impact, Volunteers of the Year, seventh annual Victor Pierson C-Crewe Award, National Chain Business of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year and the second annual H. Rudy Teichman Wheel of Excellence.

“The annual meeting is our most important event of the year because it recognizes our members, our mission, our work and our accomplishments,” Gina M. Spagnola, president and CEO of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce said. “We will celebrate and honor our board members and volunteers who are committed to using their time, talents and influence to help others thrive to create positive change and build a stronger region and business community.

“We invite and encourage everyone to come and celebrate the exceptional achievements of our chamber and business community as we enjoy an evening in Italy. It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

The event also will honor Wayne Faircloth as the recipient of the 2017 Galvestonian of the Year.

Faircloth was chosen to receive this distinguished award for not only his legislative efforts, but for his positive impact on the community including his commitment to education, volunteer efforts and support of businesses.

Table sponsorships and individual tickets are still available. For more information, call 409-763-5326 or purchase tickets at

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