Highland Chamber is one of the best

2013-06-26T00:00:00Z Highland Chamber is one of the bestDiane Poulton nwitimes.com
June 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

            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

received plaques.

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

on Facebook.

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