Chamber to unveil community app
The night of its Feb. 7 banquet, the Deer Park Chamber plans to roll out a new version of its app, “That’s Deer Park,” aimed at helping keeping community members and businesses aware of events and issues in the city.
A current version of the app is available, but only to chamber members. The new version will be available for everyone in the community.
“The city of Deer Park will have their own block within the app, but we’ll include other local businesses colleges and other entities like local industry,” chamber spokeswoman Naomi Richison said. “It’s not just for chamber members — this is to give the community and surrounding area and residents a place to go and know everything they can about Deer Park. Local entertainment, what’s happening in the city, businesses that are opening or have specials going on — we want to give people all of the information we can.”
“That’s Deer Park” will be available for both iPhone and Android platforms.
The theme for the banquet, in which the chamber will issue annual awards to a citizen, business and industry, is the “Roaring Twenties.”
“These actually used to be separate events,” Richison said of the awards and the banquet. “But so many of our members were going to both banquets that it made more sense to combine them into one big celebration.”
Tickets for the 6 p.m. banquet, which will be at Sylvan Beach Pavilion in La Porte, can be purchased for $75 apiece for members or $700 for an entire table by calling the chamber at 281-479-1559. There will be live and silent auctions and a raffle.
“Those items are typically donated by our members,” Richison said. “Because we’re nonprofit, all the money that we make at events like these goes toward different programs that we offer throughout the year to help our members connect with each other and the community.”
Richison said that the existence of the app is indicative of the type of work the chamber strives to achieve.
“We want to continue to be a source of information for residents and people in the surrounding area,” she said. “The chamber is not just for people who have businesses. We have people in the chamber who want to volunteer. They want to know what’s going on, they want to help their fellow neighbors — anyone is welcome in the chamber — the more the merrier. If you want to be a part of the community here, we’d love to have you.”
The chamber has about 420 members.
“We’re a close community,” Richison said. “It’s important to know the people you’ll be doing business with — you see these people all the time, and it’s a very family oriented city. The businesses become this way with one another — like a family.”
For more information on the chamber or the banquet, visit www.deerparkchamber.org.