2017 Chamber Gala, November 9th at Freddies Pine Room ~

A special Thanks to Sue and Mark Cannon for serving up a delicious dinner – including my favorite Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadilla! We all ate our fill and enjoyed your bountiful buffet ~

Last night we recognized our chamber members for what they are to our community. There was networking and introductions, a 50/50 raffle, cocktails, the 2018 Vasaloppet Poster unveiling and a fun power point presentation.
Hosted by our Board President Toni Fulton, we started out with information about the recipients of the 2017 Kanabec Area Chamber Business Development Education Scholarship Program. Followed by an introduction from Kanabec County Economic Development Authority by Coordinator, Heidi Steinmetz. We then learned what’s new at Pine Technical and Community College from President Joe Mulford.
Toni then moved on to introducing our newest Chamber Members.
Please read on to find out more of what the evening brought.
Please keep in mind, these nominees and votes all came from YOU, our chamber members.  The Director’s Choice Award on the other hand, was just that, the Chamber Board of Director’s Choice ~
Some of our New Chamber Members:
L – R
Elite Septic Maintenance – Kevin Schiferli
Keith Dullinger Agency, Farmer’s Insurance – Keith Dullinger
Kevin Lindberg – Serenity Manor, True Directions
Myron & Sue Belford – Belford Electric
Bryan Johnson & Kris Touray – Dandelion Floral & Gifts
Not Pictured: 
Nicky Brodal – All American Title Company
Cristy Lahr – Franklin Advertising
Malinda Andrews of Fresenius Kidney Care
Danielle Wilcox of the Local Bar & Lounge
Brian Weiss & Dennis Tepler – Newly Reopening Joan & Marian’s Antiques
Kelly & Ed Knudson of Knudson Tree Experts
Erik Aleckson – Miracle Ear
Bridget & Jeff Lien of Pizza Pub
Scott & Jen Callander of Scott’s Lawn & Landscaping
Amy Schifsky of Shear Wisdom
Ashley Martin of United Country Banning Junction Realty
Liz Westrom of Volunteers of America

Nominated for
al Community Volunteer Organization:
(need not be a chamber member)
Mora Area Youth Recreation Association (MAYRA) – Patti Miller
Mora Food Shelf – Joan Kadditz
Mora Lions – Joe Anderson
Vasaloppet USA – Sue Belford
The Winner is:
Jean Kadditz accepted the award on behalf of the MORA FOOD SHELF.
The organization that deserves this honor brings the community together towards a common goal. Each person within the organization has strong convictions of service and filling the needs of others.

Nominated for
Outstanding Individual Chamber Member(s) of the Year:

Debbie & Jim Morrison
Deb & Mike Hallin
Dre Atchison, Abby Pendzimas, Tricia Otto
Joe Mulford
Karl Gotfredson
Myron Belford
Terry Salmela
And the Winner is:
Dre Atchison & Abby Pendzimas accepting their award for “Food For Friends” the Mora High School’s Food Shelf. Tricia Otto and Denise Ganz were also recognized.
The award this year is given to these individuals who have opened the hearts, souls, and the eyes of their peers. Their involvement with the community may tend to go unnoticed, but in reality, they are very appreciated by us all.

Nominated for 
Chamber Member with the Greatest Community Involvement:

Coborns Superstore
Kanabec History Center
Neighborhood National Bank
Refuge Network
Substance Abuse Coalition of Kanabec County (S.A.C.K.)
The Winner is:
Sandy Juettner accepted the award on behalf of S.A.C.K.
This organization was given this award because they have created a positive educational impact on the Mora Area and beyond. Commanding the attention of legislators, they lead the drive in informing our public on an epidemic affecting youth and adults.

Nominated for
2017 -2018 Business of the Year:

ACE Hardware
Freddies Family Restaurant
Glen’s Tire
Hohn’s Auto Body & Glass
Joan & Marian’s Antiques
Johnson’s Hardware
Made of MORA
Mora Chevrolet/Buick
The Winner is:
Butch & Kristy Hohn of Hohn’s Auto Body & Glass, Collision & Mechanical
This award is given to a business/organization that has shown positive growth, outstanding care and service, a positive work environment and makes a positive economic impact upon the local business community.

The Director’s Choice Award went to an organization that is now under the direction of Family Pathways. The Refuge has been graciously serving this community for many years. We believe that they are worthy of recognition; chosen because of their outstanding ability to address & abate a concerning issue that surrounds us.
Char Weidendorf accepted the award on behalf of the Refuge Network.

There was an ongoing message from the members’ votes this year. As you can see by those chosen, it was a message of caring, empathy, awareness & serving others.
In closing, please keep this quote from WWI General, Peyton C. March,
“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life – happiness, freedom, and peace of mind –
are always attained by giving them to someone else.”

Thank you.
                                                                          Karen Amundson, Executive Director


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