Vibrant Occasions was proud to cater the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce banquet hosted on March 14, 2023, featuring Travis Mills as the guest speaker. Travis Mills is a motivational speaker, author, and retired United States Army Staff Sergeant who lost all four limbs in an explosion during his deployment in Afghanistan. Despite the challenges he faced, Mills has displayed remarkable resilience and a positive attitude. After his recovery and rehabilitation, he founded the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports wounded veterans and their families. He has also authored a book titled, Tough as They Come, which chronicles his journey from his military service to his injury and recovery. The book highlights his resilience and determination to lead a fulfilling life despite his physical limitations.

The banquet aimed to bring together members of the Benton business community and provide them with an inspiring and informative evening. Travis Mills shared his incredible story of resilience, determination and overcoming adversity, emphasizing the importance of a positive mindset and the ability to adapt in the face of challenges. As a highly sought-after speaker, Travis Mills captivated the audience with his engaging and heartfelt presentation. He highlighted the power of optimism, teamwork and community support in both personal and professional life. Mills’ message resonated with the attendees, leaving them inspired and motivated to pursue their goals and aspirations.

The Benton Area Chamber of Commerce organized this banquet as part of its ongoing efforts to foster networking opportunities, support local businesses, and promote economic growth in the community. The event not only provided a platform for members to connect and engage but also offered valuable insights and lessons from a remarkable individual like Travis Mills.


Sponsors of the 2023 banquet are Jones Heating and Air, First Security Bank, Everett Buick GMC, Ashley HomeStore, Baxley-Penfield-Moudy Realtors, CDI Contractors, LLC, McCauley Services, P. Clark & Associates, LLC, and Smith Benton Family Funeral Home.

Benton Chamber Banquet 2023 Dinner Menu 


Grilled Mediterranean Steak Kebabs

Tender steak is marinated in a delicious blend of flavors including sliced onions, tomato paste, garlic, oregano, and fresh cilantro, then skewered and grilled over an open flame to perfection


Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs

Grilled marinated chicken kebabs brushed with Mediterranean chimichurri sauce


Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Drizzled with EVOO and lightly seasoned then roasted to perfection


Roasted Broccoli

Fresh broccoli florets drizzled with olive oil and oven-roasted to create flavorful charred bits around the edges


Loaded Hummus

Topped with marinated feta, pepperoncini peppers, diced tomatoes, olives, and garlic infused



A Greek favorite made with layers and layers of buttery, flakey phyllo pastry surrounding a center of pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon and topped with a sweet syrup


Panna Cotta

Alternating Every Other Seat Topped with a berry compote

Thank you to the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce for allowing Vibrant Occasions to cater this special event!

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