FROM STAFF REPORTS
The Sumter Item is continuing to celebrate the winners of its biggest reader's choice contest ever with a first-ever gala for winners and their guests.
The Best of Sumter 2018: Red Carpet Event is set for Tuesday, June 5 at …
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The Best of Sumter 2018: Red Carpet Event is set for Tuesday, June 5 at La Piazza on Main Street in downtown Sumter, where each of the 264 winners, who were decided on through 101,934 votes, will receive a plaque to honor their accomplishment.
"We're excited to celebrate the winners of Best of Sumter 2018," Publisher Vince Johnson said. "We had nearly 10 times the number of votes of previous years, so it's quite the honor for each of these great people and businesses."
Current sponsors are USC Sumter, JJ Hardee Construction and Design and Dixie Products. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available.
Attendees will be offered food, beer and wine by Hamptons as they can mingle with other guests and listen to music. A red carpet entrance and photo wall will allow businesses to promote their win on social media.
"The event will have an Oscars feel in a Sumter way. Many of Sumter's best will be on display, from the food to the atmosphere and decorations," Johnson said.
Tickets are available but are limited and going fast. For more information, visit www.theitem.com/tickets, or contact your Item sales representative.
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