January 18, 2023 at 4:01 p.m.
SCACC awards businesses, individuals at annual dinner
A flood of flannel filled Diamond Point for the Sauk Centre Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Channel Your Flannel” annual dinner and awards ceremony.
The evening began with a social hour with live music from Ben Schirmers and Shannon Brunko and hammerschlagen, a game where players competed to drive nails into a log, using the flat edge of a hammer.
After dinner, the 2023 SCACC vice chair, Kayla Bueckers, recapped the Chamber’s 2022 year. The SCACC had 30 new businesses join, reaching a total of 261 members by the end of the year; the Chamber also sold a record $17,945 in Chamber Bucks, helped in part by the American Legion Post 67 switching over their meat raffle to the currency.
“Sauk Centre continues to grow, and we as a board thank you for helping us support you,” Bueckers said. “It’s truly a beautiful place to build a business, build a home and build a community.”
Amanda Ritter, SCACC’s 2023 chair, then presented the Chamber’s upcoming events, including the Jan. 28 SnoFest snowmobile races, the Feb. 11 Farm Toy Show, the April 11 Spring Out Event and Designer Bag Bingo, Sinclair Lewis Days on July 12-16 – the theme being “Sauk Centre For All Seasons” – the Nov. 25 Holiday Kickoff and the continued Third Thursday networking events.
“Thank you all very much for coming out tonight and celebrating these amazing businesses and individuals,” Ritter said. “To our nominees, you guys are amazing and awesome and continue to show how incredible our community is. I can’t wait to serve you all this year as your chair, and don’t forget all of the fun that’s coming to Sauk Centre in 2023.”
Once the awards had been announced, the evening concluded with a 50/50 raffle drawing, a live auction and a drawing for a wheelbarrow of booze, full of alcohol contributions from a wide range of local businesses.