Norfolk Area Chamber's Annual Banquet gets visit from royalty
It was a night of celebrating stewardship, service and success in Norfolk, Nebraska Tuesday. With the theme of "Norfolk's Finest Night", hundreds were on hand for the Norfolk Area Chamber's Annual Banquet. The evening even featured guest royalty. Miss America 2011 Theresa Scanlan is a Gering, Nebraska native and was in town not only to applaud the work being done in the Norfolk Business community, but also as the Banquet's keynote speaker. Over the past year, during her reign as Miss America, she spent a great deal of time talking to America's youth, encouraging them to follow their passions and interests in their recipe for success. "You cannot be successful by following someone else's path. By just going and following someone else is not the way to be successful in your life. And, I think that embracing differences, embracing what makes you unique and special is the most important thing you can do in your life," said Scanlan. Those attending the banquet also had the chance to get an autograph and their picture taken with Scanlan. Along with numerous awards that were handed out, Norfolk Chamber leaders also took the opportunity to introduce a new initiative called Grow Norfolk. The program hopes to solve the challenges faced by the business community by growing jobs, population, young professionals, internships and new entrepreneurs. Some pieces of the new program will begin within the next 30 to 60 days.