The D.C. Chamber of Commerce will hold its 42nd annual awards dinner Saturday at the Washington Hilton Hotel.

Singer/actress Melba Moore is the special attraction for this year's dinner-dance, which has as it's theme: "1980 -- A Year of Promise and Fulfillment."

The reception begins at 7 p.m. and dinner beings at 8 p.m. Tickets, at $50 per person, are available by calling the Chamber at 347-7201.

Each year the Chamber recognizes several individuals for outstanding contributions to the community through business and professional endeavors. This year's New Business of the Year Award will go to Calton D. Jones, president of the real estate and management firm of Jones, Wells and Associates.

The Business Person of the Year Award will be presented to H Street developer John W. Hechinger, who was chairman of the D.C. City Council from 1967 to 1969.

The 1980 Media Awards for consumer reporting will go to WRC-TV's Lea Thompson for CONTACT 4 AND wjla-TV's Paul Berry for 7 On Your Side.

A Meritorious Service to the D.C. Chamber of Commerce Award will be presented to Marion Jackson, one of the founding members of the National Council of Negro Women who has been a member of the Chamber's Board of Directors for more than 20 years.

Vernon Coleman, a managing partner of the American Sales Company, will receive the Outstanding Service to the Community Award for his involvement in many community and youth programs.

A posthumous award for Distinguished Service of the National Business Community will be presented in memory of Berkeley G. Burrell, a long-time leader in black economic development and president of the National Business League from 1962 until his death last August.

Another posthumous award for Distinguished Service of the Community will be given in honor of Giant Food president Joseph B. Danzansky for his many community efforts.