The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce will hold the third annual Bayou Bowl Scholarship Banquet on Monday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m., in the Orangefield Elementary Cafeteria. The guest speaker will be Mike Defee, longtime area football referee. Mike is currently calling games in the Big 12 Conference.

The banquet has two purposes in mind; to earn $1000 scholarships for a senior football player from both schools and to allow Orangefield and Bridge City to come together and celebrate the children that represent the two schools.

The coaching staff of each school will submit three deserving players from their school to a committee of Chamber members. This committee will select the 2011 recipients and they will be named at each school’s Spring Athletic Banquet. Last year’s recipients were Shane Stankus from Bridge City and Todd Shores from Orangefield.

Tables that will seat six people are being reserved for $200, or tickets will be sold at the door for $12 each. Tickets may be purchased at Trophies by Lee or Bette’s Gift Shop. Reserved tables may be decorated to honor a favorite player or student, or to represent local businesses.

Raffle tickets for footballs that have been autographed by each football team will be sold at the next home game. The proceeds will be applied toward the scholarships. Please find the tables where the tickets will be sold and participate in this fundraiser. The footballs will be given away at the Bayou Bowl Banquet.

The following businesses are sponsoring the 2011 Banquet: Allstate Insurance, BC Bank, Bridge City Police Officers Association, Bridge City Independent School District, Bridge City Little League, Bill Nickum Insurance, Capital One, David Self Ford, Dishon Surveying, Judge Courtney Arkeen, Donovan Industrial Services, Dr. John Hackbarth DDS, Family Clinic, Firestone Credit Union, Gina Mannino, Golden Triangle Family Care Center, John Dubose, Economy Insulation, LaQuinta, Orange Oilfield Supply, Farmer’s Insurance, K-Dan’s, Walmart, F & F, Central Office Supply, The Record Newspapers, Wayside Florists, Trophies by Lee and Bette’s Boutique and Gift Shop.

Contact Jerry McInnis at 409-882-2237, or Bette Smith at 409-670-8566 for more information or tickets.