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Chamber to celebrate 100 years with downtown party

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[May 31, 2013]  The Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce will turn 100 on June 4. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the chamber and her members will host a party on the square in downtown Lincoln from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 4. Pulaski Street from McLean Street to Kickapoo Street will be closed for the festivities.

The chamber has hired the Greg Glick Band to entertain the crowd. Guests at the event will be treated to birthday cake and cupcakes from Peggy's Place, pizza from Guzzardo's, and adult libations provided by the Logan County Herald. Corey Leonard with Shelter Insurance and Joe Ryan with Country Financial will grill hot dogs with all the trimmings. Heartland Community College will give out walking tacos. State Bank of Lincoln and the Lincoln & Logan County Development Partnership will hand out water and soft drinks. The chamber's Young Professionals Network will have a margarita booth set up for those over the age of 21.

"This event is free to everyone," said Andi Hake, executive director of the chamber of commerce. "We've invited all our members and their employees to come celebrate with us. We'd also love for businesses and their employees that are not members of the chamber to come out and be our guests. Basically we wanted to throw a big birthday party and invite all our friends."

To kick off a yearlong celebration, the chamber unveiled a new permanent logo in the Lincoln Christmas Parade on Nov. 29. The chamber had an entry in the annual Main Street Lincoln parade, and among those present for the launch of the new logo and yearlong celebration were many past chamber presidents; Bobbi Abbott, the immediate past executive director; and many current chamber ambassadors and board members.

The chamber's planning committee for the 100th anniversary has worked for more than a year to ensure that the new logo and the rich history of the chamber are well-represented in all that the chamber chooses to do for the celebration. At the downtown celebration next week, the chamber will hand out its 100th anniversary book, produced by the Logan County Herald.

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The 100th anniversary committee is made up of the chamber's immediate past president, Eric Graue; Don Peasley, president; Andi Hake, executive director; and other past presidents of the chamber, including Donna Boyd, Deron Powell, Patrick Doolin, Dave Campbell, John Guzzardo, Bill Marcotte, Mary Conrady, Becky Werth and Bill Gossett.

In addition to the party on Tuesday, the chamber plans to continue the celebration through the week to Friday, the day of the annual golf outing, where the chamber has hired The Shake to perform for guests. The band will begin at 8 p.m. on the pool deck at the Elks Lodge, and the performance is open to the general public for $3. Individuals who golf or have dinner at the Friday event get in to hear the band at no additional cost. Cash bar will be available. Spots for teams and individuals are still available for golfing along with dinner tickets.

For more information on any of the 100th anniversary events, contact the chamber at 217-735-2385 or chamber@lincolnillinois.com.

The mission of the chamber of commerce is to advocate, support and unify local businesses for the prosperity of Logan County.

[Text from file received from the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce]

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