John Curtin’s Gypsy Jazz Quintet will be the musical entertainment of the evening thanks to local sponsors Hotel Fauchere and Citizens Bank. The Gypsy Jazz Quintet was formed in 2006 as a musical tribute to the 1930’s “hotclub” jazz of gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and Parisian violinist Stephane Grappelli. This is the high-energy swing music played in the dance halls of Paris from 1934 to 1939. Organized by local guitarist and music arranger John Curtin, the GJQ has performed at music festivals, colleges, jazz clubs and resorts throughout the area.
All are welcome to attend the Signature Event for 2011 which is a wonderful dinner with keynote speaker Mr. Alan Gerry, a local businessman and one of the nation’s entrepreneurial leaders. Alan Gerry was the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cablevision Industries Corporation ("CVI"). After nearly four decades in the cable television business, Mr. Gerry directed the nation's largest privately owned cable company operating 64 cable systems in 18 states and employing more than 2,500 people. With over 1.3 million subscribers at year-end 1995, CVI became the 8th largest multiple system operator in the United States.
Mr. Gerry was one of the first entrepreneurs to respond to demands for a greater number of channels and improved reception in areas where off-air television reception was unsatisfactory due to topography or remoteness from broadcast towers. A true cable pioneer, he built his first such "classic" cable television system in 1956 in Liberty, New York, where he still maintains his corporate offices. From this small base, Mr. Gerry's entrepreneurial spirit and vision sparked a period of remarkable growth that resulted in the company's expansion to rural, suburban and metropolitan areas. In the cable financial community, Mr. Gerry was recognized for creating innovative capital structures that enabled the financing of CVI's remarkable growth without accessing the public equity markets. Today, Mr. Gerry continues as one of the nation's entrepreneurial leaders.
The Pike County Chamber is pleased with the outpouring of support provided by the top event sponsors that include the following: Granite Associates, L.P., Biondo Investment Advisors, Pike County Light & Power, Bon Secours Community Hospital, Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Wayne Memorial Hospital and The Dime Bank as Gold Sponsors, Wayne Bank as Silver Sponsor and Dingman Delaware Insurance Agency, McGoey, Hauser & Edsall and Rodgers-Olver-Polley, Inc. as Bronze Sponsors. The following media sponsors include The Milford Journal, Our House/Excursions Magazines & Bold Gold Media. There are still sponsorship opportunities available to you or your business so please contact us right away.
The Evening will take place at the Best Western Inn in Matamoras on October 12, 2011. Cocktails at 6:00p.m. and a sit down dinner at 7:00p.m. Immediately following dinner, Mr. Gerry will be speaking on a few topics including how he started out as a regular business man and followed his intuition and worked hard to become one of the top entrepreneurs in the country and then came back to his humble beginnings to give back to the community in many ways including one his most notable, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.
Individual dinners are $65.00 per person or you can take advantage of one of the available Gold, Silver or Bronze sponsorships for the event which includes dinners and advertising in the event’s brochure.
For more information, to become a sponsor or make reservations contact the Chamber office at (570) 296 – 8700 or online at www.pikechamber.com.