VAN WERT – “Learn. Earn. Return.” A visionary mantra by one of Van Wert County’s most inspirational supporters Scott Niswonger.

The Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce will honor Niswonger’s visionary spirit at its 96th Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Wassenberg Art Center.

The chamber will present its prestigious Cornerstone Award to Niswonger, a Van Wert native, executive chairman of Landair Transport Inc. and chairman emeritus of Forward Air Corporation, founder of the Niswonger Educational Foundation and most notably, locally, a champion of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.

The chamber board of directors invites members of the business community and area residents to attend an evening of festivities and networking as we also recognize area businesses and individuals for their accomplishments and contributions to the Van Wert area.

The chamber is excited to host this event at the stunning Wassenberg Art Center, located at 214 S. Washington St. The evening’s festivities will kick off with a social hour beginning at 5:15 p.m. with appetizers, a cash bar and entertainment by Twist & Shout, followed by a catered dinner by Willow Bend Country Club.

Following the presentation of the Cornerstone Award to Niswonger, the culmination of the evening’s events will include the presentation of the following awards: Ray Miller, Crystal Image, Golden Shovel Awards and Milestone Recognition Awards.

The past five annual dinners were sell-outs so make sure to register early! Tickets are $50 per person with corporate tables available at $400 and other sponsorships available.

To register for the dinner, or for more information, contact the Van Wert Chamber office at 419-238-4390 or Reservations will be accepted until Jan. 19, unless sold out earlier. Registration also is available online at