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The birth of a community event

Posted August 21, 2013 in Community Featured, Pleasant Hill

I love it when a plan comes together. It was just a few short months ago when we began talking about our summer events, namely Chill on the Hill, the annual golf outing, and the new Family Fun Fest. Luckily we had great templates and places for Chill on the Hill and our golf outing. However, the Family Funfest was an entirely new endeavor.

When the opportunity was given to us to show a family movie outdoors, the entire board jumped on the idea with great enthusiasm. Ideas like tying it in with the parade and car show were included immediately. The concept of having some family time before the show with bouncy houses and fireworks at the end of the day followed shortly. And then we talked to potential sponsors. We had such an amazing show of support by our sponsors that it just seemed right to make the whole thing free for the community. And with that, I knew a community event was born.

Judging by the tremendous turnout and community reaction, I am under the impression that you all had a very good time. I have to give big “thank yous” to Briana’s Italian Sauces for the meatballs, Over the Top Ice Cream and Momma CT’s Cupcakes. They were all great to donate their services to the event. I know that we handed out 12 dozen cupcakes in less than five minutes. It goes without saying that events like this cannot go on without businesses and individuals willing to donate their time, services and money.

I could not be more proud of the volunteers and organizational staff of the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce. I have had quite a few people tell me what a great job the Chamber has done this year, and I can only say that it is the volunteers, staff and sponsors that make our Chamber events possible.

I would like to ask all of you to remember when the opportunity arises to please use the businesses that helped with our summer events and shop locally first. By keeping your money in the area, these businesses will be able to give back to the community through events like we’ve enjoyed this summer.

If you have any great ideas to make next year’s events even better, drop our executive director Cathy an email at the Chamber office. Even if you think it may be a silly idea, if you think it would be fun for the community, let Cathy know. Even if it’s a cardboard boat regatta. You may put the Play in Grow. Play. Live.

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