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  •  Friday, September 25, 2020
    Carlson Center
     6:00 PM Reception, 7:00 PM Program Start
    Formal/Mess Dress


    *This event was originally scheduled for May 8, but was rescheduled in response to community health concerns.


  • This year marks the 52nd anniversary of the Military Appreciation Banquet, an event that started out as small dinner-in-the-home parties hosted by Jim and Rosemary Messer* for their friends in the military. It quickly grew and prospered into the banquet style event it is today, hosting over 600 people annually. The evening honors military personnel from Interior Alaska in recognition of their excellence, leadership, and commitment in service to our armed forces. The banquet is a great way for our community to show our gratitude and support for our friends in uniform. The 2020 banquet will be held on Friday, May 8th at 6 p.m. at the Carlson Center.

    The banquet program includes recognition of military members who have exhibited distinguished service to our country and volunteer of the year recipients from each of out local installations including Eielson AFB, Ft Wainwright, Clear Air Force Station, and Ft. Greely. A member of the community, identified by military leadership for their promotion of military/community relations over the years will be awarded with the Jim Messer Award.

    This event would not be possible without the generous support of the business community. If you are interested in sponsoring the 2020 event, please call us at (907) 452-1105.

    *Jim Messer was the Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee for the Fairbanks Chamber for many years and, for decades, he was on the front lines of our community’s efforts to offer the military an environment of friendliness, first-class housing, and a quality of life second to none.

  • Messages of Appreciation

  • Your business is encouraged to place a message of appreciation in the full color program that will be available to each attendee at the event. 

         Full page (7.5X7.5"): $1,000
         Half page (7.5WX3.5H"): $500
         Quarter page (3.5X3.5"): $250


    Ad space must be reserved by April 10 with the Chamber at katie@fairbankschamber.org.
    Ads must be submitted in PDF format with at least 300dpi by April 10th. 

  • Highlights from the 2019 Military Appreciation Banquet

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  • Thank you to our 2020 sponsors!