The Highland Chamber of Commerce added two new events to its busy
calendar this past year - Best of Highland and Pizza Palooza.
Both were well attended and successful, Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director Mary Luptak said.
The purpose of the Best of Highland is to recognize outstanding individuals in
the Highland community, Luptak said. Civil servant awards include fire, police,
parks, public works and school town employees. Chamber awards are given for
beautification and to business persons and chamber volunteers. The award winners
Luptak said restaurants, which belong to the Highland Chamber of Commerce, were
asked to offer food samplings to the guests at Best of Highland. The guests
voted for their favorite with Traditions Restaurant winning.
Pizza Palooza showcased nine chamber member pizza parlors. Participants were
also able to sample 3Floyds Beer, Luptak said. There 300 in attendance voted
Capri’s Pizza their favorite.
The Highland Chamber of Commerce, which began operating in 1958, has
230 members with a 15-member Board of Directors. Chamber staff is Luptak and
Marketing Coordinator Shannon Peterson. The chamber promotes business in
Highland by sustaining a strong business network in the community. Membership
meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at a chamber member
restaurant. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. Meetings are held and lunch served
from noon to 1 p.m. Members in attendance are given 30 to 60 seconds to
spotlight and promote their businesses.
All Highland Chamber events are coordinated with the help of the
Board of Directors, chamber members and staff. Chamber members also provide
sponsorship, Luptak said.
In addition to the Best of Highland and Pizza Palooza, ongoing chamber
events are: the installation of officers in January; a networking event in
February; Breakfast with the Easter Bunny; the Tour de Highland which was held
June 1; and the annual golf outing at Wicker Park which was held June 19. The
Tour de Highland is a 10-mile bike-friendly ride starting at Wicker Park and
winding through the town. Lunch was provided afterwards by Texas Corral.
Upcoming events are: the Midwest Zest Fest Sept. 6, 7 and 8; Jack O Lantern Jog
Oct. 26: and the Acknowledge Chamber Volunteers Dec. 10.
The Midwest Zest Fest is a three-day festival in Main Square Park with art and
crafts booths, food booths and amusement rides. Entertainment in the gazebo is
provided by chamber members’ sponsorships. The Jack O Lantern Jog is a timed 5K
Run/Walk starting in Main Square Park. Costumes are optional
and dogs are invited.
For more information about the Highland Chamber and its programs,
call the chamber office at (219) 923-3666, visit the chamber website at
www.highlandchamber.comfor a complete listing of members and events or follow it