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Chamber of commerce celebrates the season

Raffles, silent auctions and plenty of ugly Christmas sweaters — this year’s Richmond Chamber of Commerce Christmas luncheon last Thursday at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport was packed with generosity and good times.
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Jason Davidson and Courtney Haddix were judged to have some of the ‘ugliest’ seasonal attire at the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Christmas Luncheon last Thursday. Photo submitted
 

Raffles, silent auctions and plenty of ugly Christmas sweaters — this year’s Richmond Chamber of Commerce Christmas luncheon last Thursday at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport was packed with generosity and good times.

It was also a big boost for the Richmond Christmas Fund as the event raised $7,000 for the charity which provides assistance to needy families during the holidays.

Chamber chair Rob Akimow said the idea was to up the fun quotient of the event, which drew about 300.

Among the live auction and raffle prizes were tickets to an upcoming Rihanna concert and a bottle of exclusive champagne (Armand de Brignac).

In the fun but sometimes hard to watch department, two chamber members were singled out for having the best (worst) Christmas attire.

M and M Meats’ Jason Davidson was clad in a dinosaur, poinsettia and handgun holiday patterned, two-piece suit and matching tie, which earned him a finalist place. Judged, by applause from the crowd, to be just ahead of him was Courtney Haddix, from Quilchena Golf and Country Club, who wore a homemade Christmas tree sweater that came complete with stars and tinsel.

And a special guest, celebrity chef Vikram Vij, addressed the audience on the upcoming From The Kitchen to the Boardroom event Jan. 28 at the River Rock Show Theatre.

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