Tickets on Sale for Chamber Annual Gala

Tickets are on sale for the Chamber’s annual gala, “Hats Off To You!” which will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse. Beginning at 6pm attendees will be treated to music, delicious food, a cash bar and a silent auction. The evening will also celebrate the 2017 winners for the Community Awards including Citizen, Volunteer, Non-Profit and Small Business of the Year. The Chamber will also announce the three new board members that were voted in by the chamber membership. A special addition to the evening will also be a live production by the Creede Repertory Theatre!

Attendees are encouraged to wear a hat of choice, as there will be a hat contest! Don’t let that hat that you wore to the Kentucky Derby go to waste by only wearing it once a year… Break out that hat or create a new one to be entered into the contest. There will be winners in the men’s and women’s categories.

Another fun aspect of the event will be the table decorations which will be “hat-themed.” Businesses are encouraged to create a hat as a centerpiece. Decorate a hat that represents your business or just have some fun with being creative. Make sure that at least your business card is sent with the entry as it will be displayed with the centerpiece. There will be a contest for the best hat centerpiece. The winner will either receive an enhanced business listing or banner sponsorship at the event of their choice. Enjoy showing off your creativity and some free business exposure. Table hats need to be delivered to the Chamber or confirmation of a hat centerpiece by January 12. If you are including a perishable item on the decorations (flowers, food), please let the Chamber know that you will be entering a hat by January 12 and then the hat will then need be delivered by Saturday noon, January 20 to the PLPOA clubhouse.

Attendees can purchase tickets online at or stop by the Chamber. Businesses are also encouraged to purchase a table of 8. Purchasing a table affords you preferred seating and other benefits including two bottles of wine. This is a great way to gather the troops for a fun evening or reward some of your staff with an evening out. If your business is not a chamber member and you would like to attend, you are still welcome to purchase tickets. Come out and support your Community Award nominee, network with other businesses and just have a good time.

For more information on submitting a hat centerpiece or attending the function, please contact the Chamber at 264-2360.


Mary Jo Coulehan

Mary Jo Coulehan is Executive Director of the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce, and also serves on a number of local and state boards.