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Heather Doucet’s State Farm hosts after hours fun

Agency teams up with Chamber for pre-holiday event

By Rick Kennedy, managing editor
Back in December 2015, State Farm agent Heather Doucet donned an elegant bright red cocktail dress and hosted the Chamber’s last coffee event before Christmas, almost 48 hours before Christmas, befitting the holiday spirit.
In 2018, some 48 hours before Thanksgiving this week, Doucet has not lost her flair for holiday spirit; this time with a special Chamber After Hours in prime time on Tuesday night with another majestic setting by Sheba’s, just as she had that Tuesday morning almost three years ago.
There was no red cocktail dress this time, but plenty of food, fun, and festivities as well as a row of cars and trucks parked all along 500 West Avenue D as well as jammed into the neighboring Sisson Real Estate office for the affair.
Doucet herself was at the door again welcoming the guests that flowed into her State Farm office, where she’s called home since 2013; already with an accomplished work history at State Farm, the nationally-known personal insurance company, Doucet arrived in Hope as a newcomer in 2009.
She said involvement with the Hope Chamber of Commerce helped her get established, and she credits events like the coffees and after-hours with both promoting her business and, as she said, “making a lot of new friends.”
The pre-Thanksgiving event also ushered in the holiday season locally for the Chamber.
Chamber Director Beckie Moore called it “a great kickoff to the many exciting things we have coming up.”
“We are going to be super busy,” Moore said, “starting next week.”
Thursday, Nov. 29 will be the annual Downtown Christmas Open House, and then December will have both a series of year-ending community coffees as well as events relating to Hempstead County’s Bicentennial, which caps off with a big all-day Saturday affair on December 15.

Sheba’s of Hope catered an impressive spread for the Chamber’s After Hours event on Tuesday night. (Rick Kennedy photo)
Chamber Director Beckie Moore checks out her ever-present cellphone as Steve Harris looks on. (Rick Kennedy photo)
Former Citizen of the Year Steve Lance samples the food during his visit Tuesday night. (Rick Kennedy photo)
From 2015, Doucet (with Lindsey Townsend) also hosted a Chamber coffee during the holidays. (Rick Kennedy photo)
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