Skip to content

The Rebound Ball Will Celebrate Local Business Resilience December 2

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce will change a 107-year-old tradition this fall. Instead of hosting its longstanding annual dinner, the Chamber will bring the business community together for the Rebound Ball, a uniquely 2020 celebration taking place on December 2, 2020.

The Rebound Ball is a virtual event inspired by the positive energy of Project Rebound, a Chamber-led collaboration for local economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We believe connecting people with each other is the key to a resilient business community,” said Chamber President & CEO Elizabeth Cromwell. “The success of our virtual Project Rebound meetings this year showed that working together and sharing mutual support is powerful even when we’re not in the same room.”

Get tickets for the Rebound Ball

Featured speaker Priya Parker will join Cromwell for a virtual "fireside chat" about meaningful gatherings in the age of COVID. Parker is a master facilitator, acclaimed author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters and the host of the New York Times podcast, Together Apart.

Each event attendee will receive a free e-book copy of The Art of Gathering.

Throughout the evening, Chamber members will share stories of innovation, transformation and determination. The Chamber will present four awards to local individuals and businesses who have shown leadership during this challenging year.

The business community is invited to submit nominations for the following awards:

Alley-Oop Award – Recognizes a person or business who has been instrumental in assisting other businesses during COVID-19

Pivot Award – Recognizes a company that has reimagined its products, services or market successfully as a result of COVID-19

Christopher Lee Small Business Person of the Year Award – Recognizes an outstanding business owner who has made a significant contribution to the success of their business and our Greater Charlottesville communities

Chamber Business Leader of the Year Award – Recognizes outstanding contributions to our Greater Charlottesville communities

Nominate a business leader

To help attendees connect with each other, the Rebound Ball will start with optional Pre-Game Sessions, a selection of 25-minute social experiences preceding the main event. Attendees can choose a Virtual Challenge led by Program Director Kasey Massih of Triple C Camp, a Cooking Demonstration led by Chef Antwon Brinson of Culinary Concepts AB, or “Fast Break” Networking.

Ticket sales and sponsorships for the Rebound Ball support the Chamber’s work on behalf of the entire business community. Event tickets are $50 for Chamber members, $60 for nonmembers. Sponsorship opportunities start at $800 and include 8 tickets.

Several scholarship tickets will be available for individuals whose businesses have been adversely affected by the pandemic. Scholarship inquiries will be accepted November 1-16, and five scholarship awardees will be notified shortly thereafter.

For more information on this Speaker please visit