Chamber kicks off Christmas season

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Concordia Area Chamber of Commerce gave away over 60 prizes and saw an increase in attendence at its second annual Christmas Celebration last Saturday night at the community center.

Chamber President Marsha Trautman said, judging by the number of people in attendance, the Christmas event is "obviously" something the community wants to have each year.

"It really went great," she said. "We would like to continue and have it as an annual event to start off the Christmas season."

The evening of drawings and Christmas entertainment included performances by choirs from Concordia Elementary School and St. Paul's Lutheran School (SPLS), the SPLS band and a visit from Santa Claus.

Area businesses donated all the items, or money used to purchase prizes, given away at the event.

"We had some really nice prizes," Trautman said.

Trautman said the event is a good way for the community to see what local businesses have to offer and for those businesses to advertize their companies.

The chamber Christmas event is an annual tradition that was discontinued for several years and then reintroduced last year.

The following individuals won prizes in the drawings:

* Josiah Gerdts, Homestead 3 Realty, bike;

* Reyna Meyer, Homestead 3 Realty, bike;

* Kahlan Haase, Space Craft, 32" television;

*Judy Latty, cash prize with contributions from American Family Insurance, Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home, Evans Equipment, Farmers Insurance/Troy Brackman, Ashley & Grey DDS, Shelter Insurance/Lonnie Weber, Tyson Deli, Kindle;

* Hayden Starbuck, NAPA Auto parts, tools;

* Ruth Schmidt, Kelly's Hair/Kelly Wegener;

* Savannah McGinnis, Trails Regional Library, T-shirt;

* Christina Powers, Meyer Motors, $25 gift certificate;

* Kay Oehlschlaeger, Firehouse Floral & Gifts, gift certificate for centerpiece;

* Homer Becker, Britt's Central Drug, four KC Royals tickets;

* Andrew Haase, Concordia Bank, $100 VISA gift card;

* Morgan Dennis, Meyer Motors, $25 gift card;

* Jason Todd, Trails Regional Library, T-shirt;

* Carter Warren, Tri City Country Club, two rounds of golf;

*Sarah Latty, M&S Equipment, gas can;

* Arlis Spencer, Casey's, gift basket;

* Wilmer Bredehoeft, Firehouse Floral & Gifts, Christmas wreath;

* Christina Todd, Trails Regional Library, T-shirt;

* Risa Bushman, Concordia Tan, $25 gift card;

* Julia Peuster, China Dragon, $20 gift card;

* Morgan Starbuck, Tri-City Country Club, two rounds of golf;

* Brianna Jones, The Simple Life, $25 gift card;

* Joanna Peuster, Concordia Implement, four bags barbecue pellets;

* Barbara Peuster, Cree Mee Freeze, sweat shirt;

* Claire Starbuck, M&S Equipment, gas can;

* Dorothy Heimsoth, Kammeyer Electric, work light;

* Matt Heath, Penny's Concrete, $20 gift certificate;

* Kobby Miller, Physical Therapy of Concordia, 19" television;

* Dena Koch, Trails Regional Library, T-shirt;

* Cindy Tolias, The Concordian, one year subscription;

* Nathan McCaslin, Reinwald Graphics, $25 gift certificate;

* Corbin Heath, Concordia Museum, two commemorative plates

* Gloria Driver, Concordia Chiropractic, Arbonne products;

* Grant Woods, Saint Paul Lutheran High School, bottle of wine;

* Everett Hinck, Beerman Heating & Cooling, gift certificate;

* Renee Meyers, Culinary Fraus, gift basket;

* Margie Foster, Concordia Implement, digital thermometer and two bags barbecue pellets;

* Shirley Miller, Cree Mee Freeze, sweat shirt;

* Justice Workman, City of  Concordia, pool pass;

* Jan Renno, Rudi's Furniture, floor cleaner;

* Derrick Oaks, Meyer Motors, lantern;

* Brittany Romans, Trails Regional Library, T-shirt;

* Phyllis Hemme, Concordia R-2 School District, game pass;

* Virgil Wille, Heimsoth Seamless Guttering, diamond necklace;

* Florence Evert, Restored Treasurers, $25 gift certificate;

* Robbie Sundefur, State Farm Insurance, mug, ice scraper, gift set;

* Olivia Rolf, Insight Eye Care, sunglasses;

* Tom Lyons, Trails Regional Library, book and T-shirt;

* Tad Kirchhoff, Mid Missouri Home Store, bird feeder;

* Kyle Fiene, CFM, fleece pull over;

* Jan Mills, Salon Elite, gift certificate and bag of products;

* Carter Wodrich, Concordia Veterinary Clinic, gift certificate and pet food;

* Ernest Meyers, State Bank of Missouri, push cooler, wine, cheese and more;

* Jennifer McCaslin, Concordia R-2 School District, game pass;

* Kristina Conway, Mary Anderson, gift certificate;

* Chloe Brown, City of Conconcordia, pool pass;

* Shelly Rolf, CFM, fleece pull over;

* Chris Jones, Lafayette Travel and Cruise, gift certificate;

* Melissa Heath, Concordia Chiropractic Center, Arbonne;

* Pam Frerking, Skelton State Farm Insurance, ice scraper, mug, gift set;

* Maggie Pitsch, Concordia Veterinary Clinic, gift certificate, pet food;

* Connie Miller, Naught Naught Agency, six pack cooler with goodies; and

* Bonnie Fleming, I-70 Community Hospital and Clinic, trail mix.