IMLAY CITY — Community members will ring in the holidays and celebrate another successful business year during the Chamber of Commerce's annual Dinner Dance this Saturday at the Country Side Banquet Center.
There will be a full dinner, open bar, entertainment, dancing, door prizes and a silent auction table. Cocktails will start at 6 p.m. Just prior to dinner at 7 p.m., the Citizen of the Year will be announced.
2007 Citizen of Year John Mulder.
Following dinner, the chamber will recognize St. Paul's Lutheran Church volunteers with this year's Merit Award. They earned the distinction by opening and operating a soup kitchen at their location on Cedar Street (M-53), which has grown to feed more families in their time of need.
"They've really created a great thing that has been so helpful to people during these tough times," Chamber Director Sally Reinhardt says.
The church group was also among the most successful fundraisers for the 2008 Relay for Life sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
The Imlay City Alumni Association earned the 2008 Service Organization Award. Reinhardt says their efforts to preserve the historic grandstands at Grettenberger Field and to make improvements across the school district make the group most deserving of the award.