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Bates: Why McHenry Area Chamber does Fiesta Days

Kay Rial Bates
Kay Rial Bates

I often am asked this question: Why does the McHenry Area Chamber produce an event on the scale of Fiesta Days? It takes time not only on the part of the Chamber staff, but also 350 members and community volunteers. Here are the answers.

Fiesta Days keeps our dues low. With a large membership, the McHenry Area Chamber prides itself on its ability to maintain an investment rate that even a new business can afford.

Fiesta Days allow the McHenry Area Chamber to offer creative luncheons, networking activities, promotional services and member marketing for free, or at a low cost.

Fiesta Days provide great visibility for members. Whether as a sponsor, advertiser, committee member or a volunteer, Fiesta Days offer members cost-effective promotion that is hard to beat.

Fiesta Days participants grow in leadership. Fiesta Days committee involvement is a chance to learn communication and management skills through working with a team.

Fiesta Days are fun. Not only for our community but for volunteers who can’t wait to come back year after year to help at Fiesta Days.

There you got it! Fiesta Days are good for the members of McHenry Area Chamber. It does take time, but for those who catch the “Fiesta Days bug,” it is time well spent.

The Chamber is grateful to our many sponsors whose support enables us to produce Fiesta Days. Thank you to our Grand Festival sponsor, Gary Lang Auto Group; Premier parade sponsor, Meijer; Ice Cream Social sponsor, Mercy Health System; Music Fest sponsors, Northwest Herald, Paul Letizia, Financial Dynamics, Chas Herdrich & Son, and McHenry Bank and Trust; our entertainment sponsors, Home State Bank, McHenry Harley, LaFarge Meyer, The Chapel, 2nd Amendment Sports and First National Bank; our Art and Street Fair sponsors, Black Diamond Plumbing and Mechanical and Fabrik, our Family Sunday sponsor, Chiro One; our designated driver booth sponsor, Advocate Good Shepherd; our ATM sponsor, McHenry Savings Bank; our Car Show sponsor, Brake Parts; our Concert in the Park sponsor, Fox Point, Independent and Assisted Living; our gate sponsors, First Midwest Bank and BMO Harris; our communications sponsor, AT&T; our parade sponsors, Centegra Health System and Medela; our cone sponsor, Verlo Mattress Factory; our Fiesta Fan sponsors, Gypsy Glen K-9 Kastle, ReMax Plaza, Kenny’s Flooring, McHenry Heating and Air, AMB Roofing and Sheet Metal, Bjorkman’s Ace Hardware, Loud Brothers, Prairieland Disposal, Café 31 North, Combined Insurance and Jexal’s Wing-zeria; our Champion sponsors, Colonial Funeral Home, Adams Auto Body and Service Center, Miller Formless, Dreiske Local Moving, Rock Solid Builders, Steffans Jewelers, Integrity Financial, Epic Cycle and Fitness, Kindercare, and Thompson Funeral Home.

Please support these fine organizations that make our community a fun place to live.

For information about Fiesta Days, visit www.mchenrychamber.com.

Coming up in July is our WINGs Woman of Accomplishment luncheon to be held at McHenry Country Club. Honored for our 2018 WINGs Woman of Accomplishment Award is Laura Mraz. Laura opened LMM & Associates Inc. more than 25 years ago.The luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. July 25 at McHenry Country Club.

• Kay Rial Bates is president of the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce. Reach her at 815-385-4300 or visit mchenrychamber.com.

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