Thanks for Showcase support
On behalf of the members, Board of Directors and staff of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, I’d like to thank the many people who played a role in making last week’s 14th Annual Business Showcase so successful. Once again, over a thousand people came through the Fairgrounds Pavilion during the event and met the businesspeople of Carson Valley, learning more about how they can think ‘Local First’ when spending their dollars.
Our Showcase sponsor this year was Southwest Gas, and our lineup of event sponsors included the Record Courier, who did a great job of getting the word out and producing the Showcase Guide (Special thanks to Terri Thomas and Tara Addeo for getting that job done so efficiently) as well as Douglas County, Carson Valley Medical Center and Nevada State Bank. Our Grand Prize this year, the Weber Spirit 220 Gas Grill, was sponsored by ACE Hardware and won by Cindy Simpson.
Our primary food sponsor was Round Table Pizza; and Jason, April and Teresa did an amazing job of serving 140 personal pizzas to the exhibitors and then providing hot slices to the attendees throughout the event. Frontier Communications helped keep us connected by providing wifi for the event, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and East Fork Fire & Paramedic helped with everything from parking set up and dust control for the Care Flight Helicopter’s visit to providing free car seats for our youngsters.
None of it happens without hours of effort from our Chamber Ambassadors, led by Gary Dove, David Aymami, and Ted Thran along with Sheila Byington, Sherri Blanchard, Coleen Thran-Zepeda and Mark Smith. The Kiwanis Club of Carson Valley provided the manpower for much of the set up and take down and were ably assisted by a great group of students from Rite of Passage. Beverage service, as always, was coordinated from beginning to end by the inestimable Byron Waite, assisted by Jessica Jensen.
Of course, we have to thank 70 businesses who made the effort to create a booth and provide the reasons for attending and most importantly, thanks to all the members of the community who came out to see what’s new! Next year, the plan is to move the Showcase to the new Community and Senior Center and we’re already planning how to use that incredible new space to make the 15th Annual Business Showcase the biggest and best ever. Please circle April 16, 2015 and plan to join us then!