The ‘party of the century’ will not only be a festive affair with live entertainment and special guests to celebrate the Brooklyn chamber’s centennial, it also kicks off a year of programming highlighting its legacy

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Business leaders from all around New York City will get a chance to tap into their Brooklyn roots at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Centennial Gala, a party celebrating their 100-year anniversary on Saturday, February 10, at the New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge.

Special guests include award-winning author and journalist Pete Hamill with feature performances by the world-famous Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and the dance troupe BKSteppers.

“We’re thrilled to host the party of the century, and what better place to hold it than in Brooklyn,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan. “As we kick off a year of Centennial programming, it’s important to remember our roots as we plan for the next 100 years.”

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has been a strong advocate for the needs of Brooklyn’s businesses since its inception on February 6, 1918. As a protector and promoter of the commercial and industrial interests of the city, the chamber has continuously developed an active, civic spirit to guard and improve the living conditions and social welfare of the citizens of its community.

“Since before the 1920s the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has been the premier economic development organization in the borough and has been committed to helping sustain the communities in which our members work and live,” said Peter Meyer, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Centennial Committee chair. “Our Anniversary Gala is cause to celebrate not only our success but the success of Brooklyn overall.”

The ‘party of the century’ will not only be a festive affair with live entertainment and special guests to celebrate the chamber’s centennial, it also kicks off a year of programming to celebrate the organization’s history.

The Brooklyn Historical Society
Photo: Courtesy Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

To commemorate the historic legacy of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the organization is partnering with the Brooklyn Historical Society on an exhibition entitled “The Business of Brooklyn,” which tells the stories of borough’s thriving companies. Spanning 150 years, the exhibition showcases images and objects from Squibb Pharmaceuticals, Domino Sugar, the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Coney Island entertainment, as well as mom and pop stores, high-tech startups, artisanal food producers and dozens of others.

The opening reception will take place on February 22 at the Brooklyn Historical Society’s Brooklyn Heights location and the exhibition will be on view through July 2018.

Following in April, the chamber will begin to host four Centennial Talks with the following themes: Borough of Immigrants at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph; Borough of Icons at Ford Amphitheater, Borough of Waterfronts and Borough of Neighborhoods at National Sawdust. In September, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Explore Brooklyn will host a 5K run in Prospect Park.

For tickets and other information go here

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Centennial Gala

When: Saturday, February 10, 6:00 pm

Where: New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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