The Prosper Chamber of Commerce is hosting an awards banquet on Oct. 19. The banquet is to recognize and award local businesses and business owners who go above and beyond for the community. The gala, which is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., is going to be held at The Piazza on the Green in McKinney.


Denise Gustavson, a commerce board member and Banquet Chair, said this year’s banquet theme is “Celebrate Prosper Stars.”


Dave Tanner will be the guest speaker for the night. Most might know him from his role in “The Trip to Bountiful” movie, in which he played Billy Davis. Others may know him as Farmer Dooley from “Barney the Dinosaur.” The Gainesville native also helped with research for the “Paul Harvey’s Rest of the Story” radio show.


Gustavson said there is quite a bit included with the purchase of a ticket. “The tickets are $75,” Gustavson said. “Included with that is a sit-down dinner, entertainment, a silent auction and a networking opportunity.”


The dinner menu includes grilled filet mignon, herb crusted chicken with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and harvest blended vegetables. There is also an artesian cheese display available to guests. The cheese tray is composed of imported and domestic cheeses that will include Maytag bleu cheese, smoked cheddar, smoked Gouda, sharp cheddar, baby Swiss and Boursin.


Attendees will also receive two drink tickets.


As with many award ceremony banquets, businesses are invited to sponsor. There are platinum, gold, silver, valet, award and speaker sponsors offered. To become a sponsor, contact any member of the Prosper Chamber of Commerce.


Prosper Chamber members can pay online or request to be invoiced for the amount. Non-members will need to pay online.