The Mayor’s Masters Reception is the premier event to kick off Masters week.
It’s a fun way for people who don’t get to the course but to get in on the fun of the tournament.
It was created in 1999 by then-mayor Bob Young, to give golf patrons and locals an atmosphere to enjoy food, live music, and socializing with some athletes.
“We have to show them there is a lot more here than just the golf course,” said Young. “What they see outside the golf course has to be just as engaging to them, as what they see inside the gate.”
More than 29 vendors in the area showed up to promote their businesses not just to our visitors, but to the people who call Augusta home.
“It is extremely important we are experiencing a tremendous renaissance in the city of Augusta,” said Mayor Hardie Davis. “Phenomenal growth across the city but certainly in downtown, if you look at the investments that have made in the past several years.”
A few business owners told NewsChannel 6 reporter, Devin Johnson, being a part of this year’s event helps shine the light on Augusta’s hidden gems.
“He could’ve gone to bigger names, but he said let me get their name out there because Augusta has great talent as well,” explained the owner of Moni’s Catering & More, Monica Myers.
“Advertising is so expensive these days, so we try to get out to events that we can get out too, to let them know we’re here,” said the owner of Alexander’s Great BBQ, Robert Williams.
The former mayor was honored tonight for a 20-year-tradition that brings people and local businesses together.