Business and community leaders attended the premiere social networking event of the year recently. The 2nd Annual Peach County Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours took place at Fort Valley State University and brought together community leaders from Crawford, Peach, Macon and Taylor counties and the cities of Warner Robins, Perry and Roberta.
A silent auction, seen above, marked the start of the event and raised money for FVSU’s Challenge Fund. FVSU President Larry E. Rivers thanked First Lady Betty Rivers for organizing the program as a volunteer and recapped some of the university’s recent accomplishments - completion of the $44 million Wildcat Commons student housing complex, the upcoming construction of a new SMART Classroom facility and a new stadium. Dr. Rivers said the school is proposing a new Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program that would specialize in the treatment of large animals.
Attendees were treated to gourmet hors d’oeuvres of crab cakes, egg rolls, fruit kabobs, glazed succulent beef, quiche, vegetables and a medley of dark and milk chocolates. A stamp honoring Charles W. Chestnutt Stamp, the 31st U.S. Postal Service Stamp in the Black Heritage Series, was also unveiled.