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Aiken region’s elite businesses, people honored at annual awards gala

Aiken region’s elite businesses
Article originally written by Colin Demarest, Summarized by The Alliance for Fort Gordon

The Aiken County community celebrated the region’s best businesses and most influential people Friday night at the Aiken Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards gala, this year modified in light of the lingering pandemic.

The festivities kicked off at the Etherredge Center and later spilled outside, onto a USC Aiken campus lawn, for sunset cocktails in a garden-party atmosphere. At one point, stamped $2 bills were distributed, a Chamber of Commerce stimulus package reminiscent of a Clemson tradition.

Chamber of Commerce President and CEO J. David Jameson, 2020 Chairwoman Julie Whitesell and 2021 Chairman Ryan Reynolds welcomed attendees and steered the evening of fun, surprises and networking opportunities.

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