The Walton Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 2018 annual Gala at 5 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa.

The black tie optional Gala begins with a cocktail reception where guests will have the opportunity to socialize with other attendees including elected officials, dignitaries, business owners, chamber members and guests. The main event will then begin promptly after the completion of the cocktail hour at 6 p.m.

Walton Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Megan Harrison will be the nights Master of Ceremonies as the community is invited to celebrate the successes of 2017, while looking toward the future and how the Walton County area will continue to prosper.

The night’s festivities will include naming the 2018 Board of Directors, including incoming chairman Steve Wolfrom from Chelco, installing the new Young Professionals of Walton County’s Board of Directors, and several awards nominated by the community including Volunteer of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Small Business of the Year — North Walton, Small Business of the Year — South Walton, Large Business of the Year and the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available for area businesses. Dependent on level, sponsorship includes event signage, logo inclusion, valet passes, drink token, reserved seating and social media mentions.

Cost to attend is $75 for individual chamber members and $95 for non-members. Cost includes welcome reception beverage, dinner and live entertainment. Guests will also be able to commemorate the evening with Epic Photo Co. and participate in a silent auction.

For information on how to reserve a table, become a sponsor or purchase tickets, visit or contact Gabrielle Woods at or 850-892-3191.