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Chamber To Honor Kitty O'Neal As 'Person of the Year'

Broadcaster will be celebrated at Jan. 6 dinner, tickets available.

Broadcaster Kitty O'Neal has been named 2012 Carmichael Person of the Year and will be celebrated at the annual dinner.

O'Neal is among the honorees at the dinner, taking place Jan. 6 at the . She has said she took her driver's license test at the Carmichael and has sung at the El Dorado Saloon.

"Kitty has roots in Carmichael and she has covered key chamber events," said Linda Melody, the chamber's executive consultant. "She's done a lot and is someone I've watched... and we wanted to tell her thank you."

Earl "Ranger Jack" Koobs will be honored as Veteran of the Year.

"He's been a school teacher and has a heart for environmental issues as well as being a member of the ," Melody said.

Lola and Jim Warrick have been chosen as Patriots of the Year for their work organizing the annual , which turned 53 years old this year, among the oldest 4th parades in the country, Melody said.

Tickets are $50 per person and are available by visiting the chamber website or calling 916-481-1002. The amount includes dinner catered by Capital City Catering (New York steak or portobello mushroom salad and dessert buffet) and a no-host bar.

There will also be live music, a live auction and raffle.

The event benefits the chamber and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Sacramento Children's Home.

"We're honoring people who have impacted Carmichael in some way," Melody said. "For those who attend, it's exciting for them to see people they know and meet others."

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