According to the articles of incorporation document on file with the State of Arizona, June 30, 1919, is the date the Peoria Chamber of Commerce officially came into existence.
It was formed “to establish, maintain and operate an electric light and power system, telephone system, fire protection, water system for domestic use, sewer system and such other improvements” until incorporation.
That came later.
Peoria was officially incorporated in 1954, which means the Peoria Chamber of Commerce was responsible for the operation of all services for the citizens for the 35 years from 1919 to 1954.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Peoria Chamber of Commerce and recognize that community support, a special evening will be held Friday, June 14, at the Rio Vista Recreation Center, 8866 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria.
The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, appetizers and music featuring Nashville recording artist Rob West, who will sing country music favorites as well as his original songs.
A delicious four-course dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., and includes side salad, a prime rib entrée with new red potatoes, string beans and baby carrots, and a tuxedo truffle mousse cake for dessert. Vegetarians or those with food allergies may request a stuffed Portobello mushroom.
The feature for the evening, however, will be a historical presentation from Salt River Project (SRP) illustrating through photographs, videos and guest speakers the history of Peoria and the chamber’s role until the city of Peoria became incorporated.
Included in the evening will be the chamber’s annual community awards ceremony, presenting such awards as: Business of the Year, Community Volunteer of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, Chamber Member of the Year, Mayor’s Award and City Manager’s Award.
Nominations close June 10, so visit peoriachamber.com to file nominations in each category.
For tickets and sponsorship information visit peoriachamber.com or call 623-979-3601.