Inaugural Golden Nail Gala | Marion County Chamber of Commerce in Jefferson to host this year

benjamin franklin
Benjamin Franklin

By CARLA BASS
City Editor

“For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”
– Benjamin Franklin

The Marion County Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a courtyard luncheon for over twenty non-profit organizations registered in Marion County, serving over 50 at the event.

Chamber officials used the opportunity to announce the Gala award application process, and the different award categories for Inaugural Golden Nails Gala to be held this fall.

“We are still searching for more of our 501(c)3 organizations here in the county”, stated Kari Alexander.

The Marion County Chamber of Commerce is requesting that any other non-profits in the county please contact their offices regarding this event @ (903) 665-2672 or email jeffersontx1@att.net.  More information will be provided on the Marion County Chamber of Commerce website: Jefferson-texas.com.

Eligibility and Nomination Guidelines

> The deadline for all nominations is July 31, 2018

> Nominations for each award should be based on acts preformed in the previous 12 months (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018)

> The Golden Nail Awards program is open to Marion County individuals, businesses, foundations, and non-profit organizations

> Nominees for individual, business, foundation and non-profit awards must have contributed a minimum total contribution of $1000.00.

> Nominations for volunteers are based on volunteer service not financial assistance and cannot be associated with employment.

> Nominations must include the full name of individuals

Multiple people and entities may be nominated by filling out the subsequent lines in these forms.

The award categories will be: Individual, Business, Distinguished Volunteer-Non-Religious, Distinguished Volunteer-Religious, Distinguished Up and Coming Volunteer, and Foundation and Non-Profit Organizations.

“We look forward to honoring our dedicated philanthropic organizations this year, and for years to come,” said Board President Mark McKay, regarding the Golden Nail Gala. “It will be a celebration of volunteerism.”

McKay used the analogy from a famous name from the 17th century to emphasize the stance of the Chamber of Commerce.

“For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“For Want of a Nail” is a proverb, having numerous variations of analogies over several centuries, but the main theme that is if the smaller parts of a whole go ignored, then without any encouragement or incentive they could die out and be a loss to the bigger scheme of things. The Chamber members and its 501(3)c organizations are what keep the events coming.

It takes all the “nails” in a community to make the end result successful, making sure that no details go untended for lack of involvement. If all the members and organizations within each do their parts to help one another then everyone is successful. Often those non-profits are the ones whose events bring the visitors to town that in turn make for successful ventures with the business members. Those 501(c)3 organizations need to be acknowledged for the work they do to host these events and be rewarded for their efforts. Those volunteer organizations are the “Golden Nails” that hold things together.

 

 

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