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The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their Annual Dinner Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 at the Cass County Community Center.

“We are so grateful for all the generosity from our members and volunteers in 2015,” Ouida Hargens, Executive Director at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Their dedication helps us reach success year after year for the organization and the community,” mentioned Hargens.

Dinner was catered by the Atlantic Hy-Vee and was open to the entire community. The Chamber discussed accomplishments of not only the Chamber, but the community in 2015 as well as goals for the new year. Successful businesses, organizations and individual leaders in the community were honored for their commitment and support of the Atlantic Area.

Business of the Year was awarded to Renew Ag Supply for their dedication to consumers and their support of the Atlantic Area. The Distinguished Service Award was given to Geis Perry Jewelry for over 40 years of commitment, generosity and support of local businesses and events. The Community Betterment Award was given to the Atlantic Rotary Club for their value and dedication to the community each and every day. Ambassador of the Year was awarded to Dan Mehmen for faithfully attending visits throughout the year, showing support for area businesses and fellow Ambassadors. The Star Ambassadors of the Year are Dolly Bergmann, Sue Muri, Russ Joyce and Pat McCurdy. Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Dr. Keith Leonard for his willingness to help at any event with a smile on his face and a helpful, giving attitude. Finally, Educator of the Year was awarded to Michelle Huber for her commitment to making sure every child succeeds. Athena Award was given to Kathie Hockenberry for her dedication and commitment to helping women reach their leadership potential and the community.

Along with awards, the 2016 campaign “Explore, Discover, Share” was also introduced.

The “Explore, Discover, Share” campaign will encourage residents and visitors to explore local businesses and attractions to discover something new. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness for all the great businesses, interesting history and exciting experiences available in Atlantic and Cass County. Community members and visitors that share their photos and experiences will be part of the Explorer Challenge contest and will be eligible to win prizes throughout the campaign. People will submit their photos and experiences of designated places on to be shared on social media.

“What’s really great about this campaign is it will get community members out exploring an area they may have lived in their whole lives but have never really seen,” Bailey Smith, Community Marketing Associate at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce said.

“What I really love about this idea is people will get to discover all the really incredible things our area has to offer while supporting the local communities,” mentioned Smith.

“Explore, Discover, Share” will kick off this spring. More information regarding the campaign, attractions, businesses participating and prizes awarded will be released as the kick-off date gets closer.

Thank you for helping to make the 2015 year a success at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce and to continuing the support throughout 2016.