Last Friday evening the Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce held its inaugural Gala Celebration. Normally the Chamber holds its annual meeting at a breakfast event but we wanted break up the Winter doldrums a little bit so we decided to have a Gala and hold it at the True Restaurant, which is in the Maquoketa Country Club.
The Gala featured a wine tasting event and a silent auction. After the auction a wonderful meal consisting of grilled steak and chicken was served to the attendees. After the meal the Executive Director’s Award, President’s Award, Young Entrepreneur Award, The Above and Beyond Award, and the Volunteer Award were given.
The awards were followed by a live auction of a variety of merchandise. One of the items was a night scene of the Maquoketa downtown with the Chamber Christmas tree in the image. This was the same image we used for the formal invitation to the Gala. it was the image I made back in early December. I matted and framed it and I was flattered when the bidding reached over $100. 🙂
After the auction the attendees were treated to some wonderful 50s Rockabilly music from The Fast Clydes. They are a local band that play all around this area and have several bookings in Dubuque. If you get a chance to hear them do so as you will really enjoy their performance.
I believe the Gala was a huge success. We had 135 attendees, which was all we could handle with the venue. Everyone seemed to have a great time. The Mayor and the County Supervisor gave a state of the city / county. I heard a lot of people saying they hoped we would do this again next year and that certainly is the plan.
I didn’t take very many images. The newspaper was there and they were taking pictures so I just enjoyed myself and occasionally had to present an award, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
That’s it for today. I hope you enjoy your middle of the week day. Supposed to have a Winter storm today. Hope it bypasses us. Thanks for stopping by and be careful.