ABOUT THE EVENT:

The Chamber’s Annual Military Appreciation Banquet is an evening that honors the military personnel from Interior Alaska who have been honored for 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. Attendance ranges from 500-600 military and civilian personnel from the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

This was taken in the Spring of 1994 at Ft. Wainwright. The individuals in the picture from left to right.  Major General David Bramlett, Commanding General, 6th Infantry Division and US Army Alaska, Jim Messer, receiving the first Messer Award,and Jake Poole, Lieutenant Colonel, Post Commander Fort Wainwright.

This was taken in the Spring of 1994 at Ft. Wainwright. The individuals in the picture from left to right. Major General David Bramlett, Commanding General, 6th Infantry Division and US Army Alaska, Jim Messer, receiving the first Messer Award,and Jake Poole, Lieutenant Colonel, Post Commander Fort Wainwright.

The banquet began over 40 years ago when Jim and Rosemary Messer began having dinner parties in their home for their friends in the military. Many Fairbanksans followed Jim and Rosemary’s lead and for six years the “dinner-in-the-home” format grew and prospered.  The event became so popular that it had to be moved to a large banquet facility and, for the past several years, at the Carlson Center.

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.

During the banquet individuals who have exhibited distinguished service to the military and to our country are recognized during an awards ceremony.  Additionally, the Messer Award is also awarded and presented to a member of the community who best promoted military/community relations throughout that year.  Jim Messer was the very first recipient of this award in 1994.

The Chamber’s Annual Military Appreciation Banquet is an evening that honors the military personnel from Interior Alaska who have been honored for 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.

Gen. Lori Robinson with frame

General Lori Robinson

The 2015 banquet will be held on Friday, May 1 at 6PM at the Carlson Center. We are honored to have the support of Senator Lisa Murkowski again this year as our honorary host and will be joined by General Lori Robinson, the Commander, Pacific Air Forces; Air Component Commander for U.S. Pacific Command; and Executive Director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii as our keynote speaker. PACAF is responsible for Air Force activities spread over half the globe in a command that supports more than 46,000 Airmen serving principally in Japan, Korea, Hawaii, Alaska and Guam.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of the business community.  If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please call Rebecca Leivdal at (907) 374-6707.

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Past Messer Award Recipients

2014 Messer Award Recipient, Mayor Luke Hopkins

2014 Messer Award Recipient, Mayor Luke Hopkins

Jim Messer – 1994
Frank Chapados – 1995
Dr. William R. Wood – 1996
Gary Wilken – 1997
Chick Wallace – 1998
Richard Wien – 1999
Steve Lundgren – 2000
Karen Washburn Milam – 2001
Rhonda Boyles – 2002
Senator Ted Stevens – 2003
Bill Brophy – 2004
Billie Blanchard – 2005
Jim Dodson – 2006
Steve Thompson – 2007
Butch Stein – 2008
Sen. Lisa Murkowski – 2009
Althea St. Martin – 2010
Lisa Herbert – 2011
Kevin Robinson – 2012
Doug Isaacson – 2013
Luke Hopkins – 2014

Sponsorship Opportunities

Presenting Title Sponsor | SOLD: Boeing CompanyCompany

Souvenir Photo Sponsor | SOLD: Birchwood Homes

Program Sponsor | $3,000 (1 available)

Table Centerpiece Sponsor | 1 SOLD: MAC Federal Credit Union, $1,500 (2 available)

Decorations Sponsor | $1,500 (2 available)

Silver Coin Sponsor | SOLD: Usibelli Coal Mine

Dessert Sponsor | SOLD: North Haven Communities

Place Card Sponsor | SOLD: Denali State Bank

Supporting Sponsor | 1 SOLD: GEOTEMPS, $500 (4 available)

THANK YOU LAST YEARS SPONSORS

THANK YOU LAST YEARS SPONSORS