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Annual Dinner


We have a new rescheduled date. Whoo! We are so excited to announce that our new date will be on Friday, October 1st still at Shawnee Town 1929. We anticipate that all of our major event offerings will be the same and we will still have an open bar, live music, yard games, and much, much more!

Please note: all purchased tickets were non-refundable from our June 25th date, and will be transferred to this new date. If your company would like to purchase additional tickets due to the new date, please contact Brandon Wilcox in our office!

We may have a few adjustments to the below information, including start time and food offerings so stay tuned to our emails and this web page as we make updates closer to October 1st.



Help us celebrate our Diamond year!

75 years of growth is no small feat and to celebrate we are throwing a party that will shine for the ages. We are very excited to announce that our official 75th Anniversary Celebration will be at Shawnee Town 1929 on Friday, October 1st (please note the reschedule date and updated time) from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. Thank you to our presenting sponsor Sixty16 for supporting this event.

It will be an event similar to our Annual Dinner, held for the first time ever on the grounds of Shawnee Town 1929. This venue showcases the important history of our community so what better place to celebrate our own special, historical anniversary.


💎 Entertainment & Activities 💎
We are very excited to announce we will have a combination of both a DJ and a band playing throughout the evening! For the cocktail hour portion of the event, we'll hear crooner-esque tunes from the wonderful local band Grand Marquis! Then later on in the evening, we'll kick it over to Kevin the DJ who will turn up the energy to provide dance tunes.
We'll also have a variety of activities throughout the evening, including a special cocktail drink lounge, the live and silent auction as always, live swing dancers who can give dance instructions, Shawnee Citizen of the Year announcement, craft beer, and wine tastings from local vendors, and yard games!
💎 Food & Drink 💎
We'll be showcasing a variety of local Shawnee restaurants! In fact, check out our full menu with all participating restaurants listed below. One thing's for won't be hungry!

You also won’t be thirsty! The entire evening will be open bar, as we’ll FIVE bars stationed around the Shawnee Town 1929 grounds, with each serving wine, beer, and cocktails. We’ll also have all of our local Shawnee breweries (PathlightTransport, and Servaes) and Wandering Vine's local wine partner Grace Hill Winery providing tasters of their specially crafted products. To add to that we’ll have the special Shawnee-themed cocktails (provided by Saloon at Old Shawnee Pizza) in our lounge area as well.

💎 The Theme 💎
The theme is “Shining like a Diamond” honoring our 75 years of shining for Shawnee. We encourage cocktail-themed wear that sparkles but you’ll also want to be comfortable and cool throughout the summer evening. You can also dress to the era of our founding: the 1940’s!


If you've purchased tickets or sponsorships for our Annual Dinner through our Total Resource Campaign, they roll over to this event. Please note: We are currently sold out of tickets! If you'd like to be included in the waitlist, please click the Sponsorships tab at the top of this page to find out more.

2021 75th Celebration Committee Members:

  • Chair: Heidi Thummel, GBA
  • Auction Co-Chair: Carole Collyard, ReeceNichols - The Collyard Group
  • Auction Co-Chair: Jenny Hopelain, ACS Smart Buildings
  • Jim Allen
  • Parker Amos, Amos Family Funeral Home
  • Stevie Amos, Amos Family Funeral Home
  • Lori Barngrover, Keller Williams Realty Partners - Lori Barngrover
  • Karen Boyd, johnson County Christmas Bureau
  • Natalie Gumminger, Metro Electric
  • Michelle Hereford, American Family Insurance - Michelle Hereford Agency
  • Sonya Jury, Bold Orange Egg
  • Jean Nelson, Porter Funeral Homes
  • Suzanne Schmidt, Capitol Federal Savings Bank
  • Dale Warman
  • John Wills, State Farm Insurance

Want to join the 75th Celebration Committee? Let Dustin Wolfe in our office know!



Thank you to the 60+ sponsors who have so graciously invested in this event! We are so excited for this event on June 25th. Please note, we have sold out of sponsorships for this event BUT we do have individual and group ticket packages available.

Interested? Please contact Brandon Wilcox via the link below for more information!

Presenting Sponsor:

Lounge & Speciality Drink Sponsor:

Plate & Napkin Sponsor:

Entertainment Sponsor:

Brewery Tastings sponsor:

Complete Construction Service logo

Citizen of the Year Sponsor:


Yard Games Sponsor:

Porter Funeral Home Horiz

Food Station Sponsor:


Bar Sponsors:

Bright & Carpenter Consulting
Metro Electric
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Program Sponsors:

Lutz Plumbing

Diamond Sponsors:

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City of Shawnee
Waste Management Color 2017

Gold Sponsors:

Country Club Bank

Silver Sponsors:

Overland Park Regional Medical Center
Old Shawnee Pizza
Shawnee Mission Ford

Zarda/Rieke Development

Bronze Sponsors:

  • Centric
  • CommunityAmerica Credit Union
  • CoreFirst Bank & Trust
  • Cottages at Shawnee
  • Frontier Restoration
  • Harmon Construction
  • Kutak Rock
  • Olsson
  • SERVPRO of Olathe/Lenexa
  • Shawnee Gardens Health & Rehab
  • SpeedPro
  • State Farm - John Wills/Erin Barrett
  • Straub Construction
  • UMB Bank

Banner Sponsors:

  • Binswanger Glass
  • Calkins Electric Supply 
  • Edward Jones - Lance Burnside
  • Molly Maid of Johnson County
  • Shawnee Community Services
  • Shelley Chapin Law
  • Tevis Architects
  • US Bank

In-Kind & Partner Sponsors:

*Stay tuned! We'll have a list of our night of auction items posted here a few weeks before the event!*


Did you know the Shawnee Chamber's auction fundraising supports local scholarships?

That's right! Funds from the auction during our Annual Dinner celebration support our Shawnee Chamber Foundation, which funds the annual Betty Charlton Scholarship. 

Each year the Shawnee Chamber accepts applications and awards a local Shawnee high school student with a scholarship to support their post-secondary tuition costs.

In fact, in 2020 the Shawnee Chamber was able to raise enough funds at the "Sail Away" Annual Dinner that we were able to award scholarships to TWO different students for the first time ever! 

So, make sure you come prepared to bid on any of our awesome, variety of auction items because those funds support local students AND you get to take home a sweet prize.



Is your company able to donate an auction item to help support this cause?  We can certainly use it!

We are always looking for exciting auction items to help us support the fundraising. Consider donating a gift certificate, valuable swag, an experience, local tickets, or anything valued at $50+ and we'll put it in our auction.

PLUS, it's a great opportunity to promote your business as we always credit the donating company.

To donate an auction item, contact Marlene Shirley in our office and she will send you the donation form!


January 25, 2020

Sheraton Overland Park Hotel


Thank you to our presenting sponsor:


Shawnee charted its course for 2020 and is ready to set sail! Thank you to everyone who joined us for a great evening of fine dining, drinks and dancing! It was quite the night thanks to our sponsors, our attendees, and the hard-working planning committee. The program was emceed by Abby Eden of FOX4 and featured remarks by the Presenting Sponsor Kevin Tubbesing, President & CEO Ann Smith-Tate, 2019 Chair of the Board Heidi Thummel of GBA and 2020 Chair of the Board Michelle Herman of Sunflower House.


We also debuted our 2019 Good Starts Here video:


The 2019 Citizen of the Year was also announced and the well-known, former city-councilman Mickey Sandifer was given this great honor. Learn why Mickey was named Citizen of the Year here!

We are so grateful to all of the attendees and sponsors for supporting this event and for those participated in the live and silent auction. Those funds support a variety of programming and scholarships through the Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

We took many photos throughout the evening. Scroll through the gallery below or view the full album here. Pictures can be downloaded directly from Flickr and will also be uploaded to Facebook. Pictures that were taken at the Step and Repeat can be found at the end of the gallery!


Check out pictures from last year's Annual Dinner here:

2020 Annual Dinner


2020 Annual Dinner Committee

  • Michelle Hereford, American Family Insurance, Chair
  • Suzanne Schmidt, Capitol Federal Savings, Co-Chair
  • Jody Adams, Weaver’s Auto Center, Co-Chair – Auction
  • Carole Collyard, ReeceNichols, Co-Chair – Auction
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