Natural Bridge Historic Hotel

79th Annual Chamber Dinner Dance

79th Annual Chamber Dinner Dance


Shake It and Stir

Dinner Dance 4All guests dressed up in their best suit and tie or dress to attend the Chamber of Commerce’s 79th Annual Dinner Dance and Silent and Live Auctions. It was held on March 19, 2016, at The Natural Bridge Historic Hotel.

The Natural Bridge Park and Historical Hotel serves as a key promoter and preserver of the Natural Bridge area and its natural history. As written on their website, “The Natural Bridge Park Historic Hotel is an iconic centerpiece in Americana…Come enjoy a balcony view of the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, sip wine on the veranda, enjoy a cool morning hike, take in the spectacle of our 500 million year old natural bridge, and step back in time and experience a truly one of a kind experience that is found nowhere else on this earth…The hotel paired with it’s endless amount of activities onsite at Natural Bridge Park is the perfect place for family vacations, reunions, business meetings, special events, and weddings.” To learn more visit their website.Dinner Dance 3

Everyone gave their best James Bond impressions as this year’s theme was “Shake It and Stir.” The evening began at 5:30pm with a cocktail reception and silent auction in Historic Washington Hall. Afterwards, everyone gathered in the Jefferson Ballroom for dinner and for the presentation of the 2016 Business Individual of the Year Award. The award recognizes an individual in the community who best exemplifies strong leadership and dedication to the business and welfare of his or her community. This year’s recipient was Jay Melvin of University Cleaners. Further information about Melvin can be found here.

Dinner Dance 1The night continued on with a Live Auction. Auction prizes included a rafting trip for 4 on the Maury led by Rockbridge River Tours provided by Garrett Landscapes, a private cooking class for 8 led by Chef John Stallard of C.H.E.F.S., a paint party for 16 led by Artist Leigh Ann McCoy of Sunny Knoll Studios, a $1000 College Scholarship from DuPont Community Credit Union, and many other donations and gifts offered by local businesses. The live and silent auctions raised…Everyone then made their way to the dance floor to “shake it” for the musical entertainment provided by Class Act Band. Those in attendance also enjoyed posing with props and figure cutouts in front of the Chamber of Commerce backdrop. More pictures can be found on our Facebook page.

A huge thank you to all our sponsors and donors who contributed toward the silent and live auctions. Thank you also to everyone who attended the Dinner Dance this year. We look forward to doing it all over again next year!


Abigail Inn
Amedisys Home Health Care
American Freestyle Karate
Applewood Inn & Llama Trekking
Artists in Cahoots
Atlantic Bay Mortgage
Bank of Botetourt
BB&T Bank
Beer and Wine Festival
Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center
Blue Ridge Eye Associates
Blue Ridge Vineyard
Books & Co….Toys, too!
Bright View at Baldwin Park
Buddy’s Hardware
Buena Vista Hardware
Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital
Center of Gravity Yoga
Charles W. Barger & Son Construction
City National Bank
City of Buena Vista
Clifton Forge School of the Arts
Cobblestone Shoe & Leather Repair
Commonwealth Environmental Consulting
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Delegate Ben Cline
Dixie Gas & Oil
Domino’s Pizza & Sweet Things
Donald’s Meat Processing
Dr. Devening
Emery & Amonette
Farm Credit
Fashion Floors & Cabinets
Furr Insurance Agency
George C. Marshall Foundation
Goad’s Body Shop
Grand Home Furnishings
H&J Tire
High Country Outfitters
Home Instead Senior Care
Huffman Insurance
Hull’s Drive-In
Innovative Insurance Group
James Allen Printing
Kappa Alpha Order
Kendal at Lexington
Label Shopper
Lexington Animal Hospital
Lexington Building Supply
Lexington Coffee Roasters
Lexington Eye Care
Lexington Prescription Center
Lexington Shop for Pappagallo
Lexington Valley Vineyard
Lexington-Rockbridge Jaycees
Lifepath Enterprises
Mary Kay (Paula Tyree Bowman)
Maury River Senior Center
Mid Valley Press
Mullen Consulting
Natural Bridge Exxon
Natural Bridge KOA
Natural Bridge of Virginia
New Opticians Boutique
Niko’s Grill
Original Italian Restaurant
Point Forward Bike Tours
Pure Eats
Red Lantern Inn
Rockbridge Advocate
Rockbridge Area Health Center
Rockbridge Area YMCA
Rockbridge Vineyard
Shenandoah Attic
Sherwin Williams
South River Highlands
Southern Girls
Southern Virginia University
Spencer Home Center
Start Here!
State Farm Insurance (Patrick Blevins)
Sunday’s Child
Sweet Frog
Sweet Things Ice Cream Shoppe
Sweet Treats Bakery
The Good Place
The Hummingbird Inn
The Palms
The Red Hen
The Stitchin Post
Theater at Lime Kiln
Town N Country Cleaners
Union Bank & Trust
University Cleaners
University Florist
Urban Farm Girl
Valley Trust
Victorian Parlor
Virginia Born & Bred
Virginia Farm Bureau
Virginia Horse Center
Washington & Lee University
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC/David Dugan
Welsh Construction, Inc.
White’s Travel Center