COPPERAS COVE — Leather jackets and poodle skirts reigned supreme at the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau’s annual banquet Saturday night.

Around 175 business and organization representatives gathered at the Holy Family Catholic Church Social Hall to mingle and network in a relaxed environment.

“I like the informality and energy the Copperas Cove chamber ... can inject into a banquet,” said John Hunt, deputy chancellor for Texas campuses at Central Texas College. “There’s a very nice cross-section from all sections of the community here.”

The first half of the evening was dedicated to socializing, eating and bidding on silent auction items.

Midway through, chamber president Betty Price awarded the 2013 recognition awards to Nicole Vess, individual Good Friend of the Chamber; Bill Fren, business Good Friend of the Chamber; H-E-B, Community Support; Ace Hardware, small business; Western Insurance, large business and Darrell Clemons, Ambassador of the Year.

The latter half of the night included live music, dancing and more socializing.

“This has to be the most fun event you could go to on a Saturday night,” said Monica Hull, director of business development at the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation.

Tammy Nickles, director of programs for the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce, was in attendance as well.

She compared the Killeen chamber’s relationship with the Copperas Cove chamber to a sibling relationship.

“We all work together to help each other. I think we all want what’s best for the regional area,” she said.

Contact Audrey Spencer at or (254) 501-7476

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