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Arlington Chamber celebrates 100 years, looks ahead at gala

More than 300 attended Jan. 27 event at Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City
2024 Arlington Chamber of Commerce chair David Kinney speaks at the organization's 2024 Arlington Business Gala.

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce turned the page on its first century and began moving into its second at the organization’s 100th annual Arlington Business Gala.

Held Jan. 27 at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, the event attracted more than 320 members of the region’s business and civic communities. Sponsored by Washington Gas, it was presided over by 2024 Chamber chair David Kinney of Clarendon LLC.

The celebration included a video commemorating milestones in the history of the Chamber, a champagne toast and a slide show of past galas. “We stand on the shoulders of the visionaries who created the Arlington Chamber and grew it over the last 100 years,” said Kate Bates, the Arlington Chamber’s president and CEO

“While our mission statement and offerings have evolved, our core purpose remains steadfast,” Bates said. “We strengthen businesses and the economic environment for all who work, live, and do business in Arlington. We take immense pride in our history while eagerly anticipating the future.”