4th Annual Harvest Gala - Hot Havana Nights

The Kearney Chamber of Commerce is excited to host the fourth annual HARVEST GALA on Thursday, September 26th, 2024, at Tobacco Barn Farm. This Caribbean formal affair will showcase, celebrate, and recognize our Chamber businesses.

This tropical party promises an escape from the ordinary. So, this is more than just an event: it’s an experience. Featuring a Cuban Themed Dinner, Casino Games, Cigar Station, Networking, Open Bar, Raffle Prizes, Photo Booth, Business Excellence Awards, a Live 8-Piece Latin Band, Salsa Dancing, and so much more!

Reserve your tickets today: $60 per person, $480 for a table of eight. Sponsorship upgrades available.

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Dress to Impress – Embracing the Cuban Style and Fashion

And of course, no Havana Nights party would be complete without the perfect attire. Guests are encouraged to embrace the bold and lively Cuban fashion trends. Think floral prints, flowing dresses, and crisp linen shirts for an effortlessly chic tropical-inspired look. 

Don’t forget to accessorize with flamboyant accessories like hats, statement jewelry, and perhaps even a colorful hand fan to beat the heat and enhance the aesthetic.

These tropical-inspired outfits will take your Havana nights attire to the vibrant atmosphere of the very streets of Cuba.

Cuba is an island full of history, music and much flavor. For many years this Latin American country has been considered an enigma in the Caribbean and the curiosity to wander the mythical streets of Old Havana is made present in citizens of all countries.

Let the sites and sounds of a Night in Havana fill your senses during our VIP Pre-Party brought to you by (sponsor’s name here). With special appetizers, cocktails, cigar rolling demonstration, salsa dance lessons, and more! You’ll be immersed in the Cuban culture. Check off your VIP Passport for the chance to win a special raffle prize.

Did we mention VIP attendees will hold their status throughout the evening with early buffet access and an exclusive beverage line at the bar. 

VIP tickets are $35 each and must be purchased online to guarantee your spot. Space is limited. RSVP by September 16, 2024. Upgrade your Gala experience by adding the VIP Pre-Party ticket to the base ticket price.

We are thrilled to invite you to an exciting addition to this year’s event–our highly anticipated Gala Raffle brought to you by (sponsor’s name here)!

This is your chance to win an array of fun and significant prizes–including a coveted Isiah Pacheco autographed custom Kansas City Chiefs jersey from T7 Custom Sports–all specially curated to make the evening even more memorable!

How to Participate:
1. Purchase Raffle Tickets! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase in advance online, or throughout the evening. Look for our friendly volunteers or visit the raffle table to secure your tickets. Pricing: 1 Ticket ($10.00); 6 Tickets ($50.00); Arms-Length ($75.00).
2. Enter to Win! Drop your tickets into the designated prize box. The more tickets you enter, the greater your chances of winning!

Why Participate?
Not only will you have the chance to take home fabulous prizes, but every ticket you purchase supports the Chamber Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Drawings & Announcements:
Raffle drawings will take place every half-hour throughout the evening, so make sure to stay until the end to see if you’re one of the lucky winners! (Must be present to win.)

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enhance your Gala experience and further your support of the Chamber Foundation Scholarships.

Specialty Cuban Themed Buffet provided by Hoffman’s D’Creamery

Main Course:

  • Ropa Vieja – slow braised beef, with tomato, onions and peppers in a hearty broth
  • Arroz con pollo – Bone in chicken slow simmered with a vegetable stock with saffron


  • Avocado, black beans, radishes and pickled red onion with at marinated tomato over a spring mix, cotija cheese drizzled with a lime mojito vinaigrette
  • Chef choice of dinner rolls/bread/butter


  • Rice Congri – made with black beans , peppers onions, garlic (full flavor rice dish)
  • Cuban grilled zucchini – seasoned and grilled then topped with a little queso fresco


  • Caramel Flan
  • Cuban Lunches – butterscotch, potato chips , peanut butter and chocolate (bite size)

We are excited to welcome KC-based Salsa/Latin Jazz band: La Sonora KC, playing Salsa, Brazilian, & Jazz with an Afro-Latin flare! La Sonora KC is a full 8-piece ensemble featuring a full percussion battery and two wonderful vocalists. Brought to you by (sponsor’s name here)

Get ready to dance the night away to the irresistible salsa beat! Join our Dance Sponsor, Fred Astaire Dance Studios Kansas City North, on the dance floor to kick off the party and help even beginners join in the fun. But don’t worry—if salsa isn’t your style, simply let your body flow with the Caribbean waves, and everything will fall into place.

Life’s Better When You Dance™!

Havana became known as the Las Vegas of the Caribbean, featuring popular casino table games like blackjack, roulette and craps.

Support the Chamber’s Building Fund by playing a few games of chance brought to you by (sponsor’s name here). 

Gala guests make donations for entry into the event and receive an amount of chips for the
casino game(s) of their choice. There, they can play for the duration of the event or when
they run out of chips, where they can make another donation for more chips.

Casino Buy-In: 200 Chips ($10.00); 1,000 Chips ($50.00); 2,500 Chips ($100.00).

The key difference between play in the Gala Casino games and “the real thing” is that no
actual gambling takes place. These games are played purely for fun with “funny money”
or chips with no cash value.

Players may turn in their chips and receive raffle tickets at an exchange rate of one raffle ticket per $200 in casino chips. If guests are not gamblers, they can cash out their gaming voucher at any time with the dealers for their raffle tickets.

 It is no surprise that Cuba would make the top destination when it comes to loving cigars.

Historically regarded as among the world’s “finest”, Cuban Cigars are synonymous with the island’s culture and contribute over one quarter of the value of all exports from the country.

What would a Havana themed event be without a good cigar? Attendees can enjoy a cigar station with Compadres Cigars and become a El Habano Torcedor by evenings end. Brought to you by (sponsor’s name here).

Cigar connoisseurs can purchase these fine cigars at the Gala. Every purchase further supports the Chamber’s mission in the relentless pursuit of a vibrant and prosperous business community.

Business Excellence Awards

The Celebration Committee is thrilled to announce the upcoming Business Excellence Awards, a prestigious recognition celebrating the outstanding achievements within our business community. These awards honor excellence demonstrated through a rigorous process of peer nomination, evaluation, and voting.

We invite you to participate by nominating member businesses that exemplify exceptional performance, innovation, and dedication. This is your opportunity to recognize and celebrate the businesses that contribute to our community’s growth and success.

Nominations are open now and will be accepted thru July 31, 2024; followed by a round of voting in August. The Business Excellence Awards will be presented, and the winners will be announced the evening of September 26th during the Harvest Gala. Your participation in nominating and voting is vital to the integrity and success of this awards process.

Let’s come together to honor the remarkable businesses that make our community thrive. Submit your nominations today!

Celebration Sponsors

Pillar Sponsors:

Event Sponsors:

Table Sponsors:

Special Thanks to these Fabulous Celebration Committee Members!

Available Tickets & Table Sponsor Opportunities

Guarachar "Party" (Table of 8 Sponsor) - $910

Está volado "incredible" (Table of 8 Sponsor) - $630

En talla "fits perfectly" (Four Seat Sponsor) - $390

Qué Bolero " How are you" (Two Seat Sponsor) - $270

Asere "friend" (Individual Ticket) - $60

Sencillo "It's very simple" (Table of 8) - $480

VIP Havana Pre-Party - $35

Available Sponsorship Opportunities

Casino Games Sponsor - $1,000

VIP Pre-Party Sponsor - $750

Cigar Sponsor - $450

Music Sponsor - $550

Awards Sponsor - $350

Photo Booth Sponsor - $250

Raffle Sponsor - $100

Raffle Prize Donor - $50 or In-Kind

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