138th Annual Gala ft. Dominique Dawes
The Boise Metro Chamber Gala is our premier event and annual meeting. Hosted in the fall each year, the Gala hosts more than 900 Chamber members and community leaders.
The Gala is our sole fundraiser for the year with proceeds benefiting Chamber programs and services, and ensuring they continue to benefit and enrich the Boise community. In addition to delicious food and beverages, our Gala boasts the largest auction in the Treasure Valley with more than 500 items in our online, silent, and live auction. From week-long vacations and weekend getaways to show tickets and date nights, your bids directly support our programs.
Dominique Dawes is best known for her tremendous success as a three-time Olympic gymnast (1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, and 2000 Sydney). Dawes won four Olympic medals and was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Committee Hall of Fame. As a member of the 1996 Atlanta Games “Magnificent Seven,” she won a bronze medal in the floor exercise, becoming the first female African American gymnast to win an individual medal, as she and her team won the all-around gold medal. Dominique was awarded the Henry P. Iba Citizen Award, presented annually to two outstanding athletes who have demonstrated good citizenship, was named Sportsperson of the Year by USA Gymnastics, and was a finalist for the AAU Sullivan Award.
Dominique is committed to helping today’s girls realize their full potential and has teamed up with Girl Scouts of the USA to launch “Uniquely Me! The Girl Scout Self-Esteem Program.” This national program provides a nurturing environment and an educational curriculum to build a positive self-esteem in young girls ages 8 to 18, with a specific focus on those in under-represented communities. A mother of four young kids, she empowers and inspires audiences through her transparent and emotionally captivating speeches. Her career may be best known for her Olympic feats; but her ability to connect with people through her incredible journey to Olympic history continues to improve and inspire others. In addition, comedian and entertainer Greg Schwem will emcee the event.
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