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Winter activities highlight community's best

December 15, 2010
I want to wish all a Happy Holiday Season from the Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce. It has been a great year here in Imlay City and I mark my first full year with the Chamber. I look forward to another exciting year as we work to grow the community.

Christmas Dinner Dance

A week ago we held our Christmas Dinner Dance at Countryside Banquet Center . We had a great turnout and a lot of fun. We rocked out with a band this year "Wayward Wind." They were a great hit. Thanks to all who attended and donated their time and items to the silent auction. A big thank you to all that sponsored a centerpiece.

We had a theme this year of Masquerade and the hall was aptly decorated. One of the highlights of the evening is the announcement of the Citizen of the Year, Merit Award and Service Organization Award winners. We think this is a great time of year to recognize the people and organizations that do outstanding things to help the citizens and the community as a whole. Kevin Daley announced Bob Muir as our 2010 citizen of the Year.

Bob has been an active person in the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, and in the community. He is always there to lend a helping hand when something needs to get done or a fundraising effort is underway. It is because of his lifelong devotion to the community that we recognize him with this prestigious award. I would like to thank him for devoting himself to Imlay City!

Yvonne Wilson was surprised when we announced she was the recipient of the Merit Award. As a retired school teacher Yvonne has donated much of her time to various organizations. She is a chairperson for the Relay For Life, has worked at the schools with the HERO Program, served for many years on the Blueberry Committee, and Chamber of Commerce Board. She has always been there to help the Chamber of Commerce when needed and is most deserving of this award.

This year's Service Club Organization Award went to the Desert Angels. This organization began in 2001 and has continuously been packing their Miracle Boxes since it began. These boxes are filled with items and letters to send to our troops overseas. They have also expanded to offer support for the K-9s serving in the war and began making quilts for the wounded soldiers as well. They are continuously looking for donations and help to pack the boxes and never slow down. It is their spirit of never giving up and supporting our soldiers that makes them the recipients of this year's award. Congratulations to Louise Downs, Sandie Smith and Carol Carrole. Thank you for all you do!

We greatly appreciate all of our local and corporate sponsors for their donations and contributions to the Dinner Dance: State Representative Kevin Daley, Gem & Diamond Specialists, Liebler Agency Inc., Planck Construction, Creations Floral, LLC, Lapeer County Bank & Trust, Days Inn - Imlay City, Country Smoke House, Imlay City Curves, Vlasic/Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, Countryside Banquet Center, Trendsetters Salon, Big Boy, Olive Garden, Tri-City Times, Learning Depot, Tri-County Bank, Woods-N-Water News, Imlay City Ford, Page One Printing, Goodwill Industries, Smoker's Palace, New Century Property, Inc., Imlay City DDA, Imlay City Cinemas, Thimbleberry Gift Shop, Desert Angels, Gumdrop Junction, Kitty's Resale, Bee Gee's Family Shoes, CC's Cybercafe, Tim Horton's, Amazing Grace Gifts, and The Pincushion.

Christmas Parade

This year's parade was held this weekend with the weather cooperating this year. We had 23 entries and had a lot of positive feedback switching it to a daytime parade. Many activities were held in conjunction with the event and kept people in Imlay City for some time. The merchants had promotions and refreshments for the shoppers to get some Christmas Gifts. Remember to keep it local and buy local this holiday season.

Thank you to our

renewing members

Focus Studios; Steve Robbins - State Farm

Thank you to our

newest member

Viscount Pools, Spas, & Billiards.

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