Karen Donovan, Executive Director, Futures Unlimited, is this year’s ATHENA Award winner. Karen has dedicated her career to providing quality services to individuals with disabilities in Livingston County. She promotes professional development and leadership opportunities for all staff at Futures Unlimited.
She has actively encouraged and mentored her staff, which is largely women, to continue their education or complete their degrees. She supports the philosophy in the workplace that women are strong, intelligent and capable of being professional leaders. In that vein, she encourages women to take leadership rolls at work and within the community.
She will be honored at a luncheon on Wednesday, November 16 at noon at Baby Bull’s. The cost is $25. Register for ATHENA Award luncheon
Come to downtown Pontiac for the Chocolate Fall Fantasy on October 7 and 8. Downtown retailers will be selling chocolate whips from Cunningham Chocolates for $2 to raise money for PROUD. There will be lots of fun activities by the Pontiac Area Chamber on Saturday, October 8 from 10 am to 2 pm.
County Market will have pumpkins for sale on the square, which can be decorated for FREE with paint and other goodies donated by Caterpillar. SOCU has donated treat bags for kids. The Chamber will have some pumpkin activities and rocks for painting (check out Pontiac Rocks here). The Animal Wellness Center will be there along with coloring pages from the United Way.
More than 40 people came out to mix & mingle at the Pontiac Chamber’s Business After Hours on September 15. Livingston County Chiropractic Center hosted the event and everyone enjoyed lots of great food, drinks and conversation. Check out photos from the event.
Thousands of people lined the streets of downtown Pontiac to enjoy the annual Threshermen’s Parade by the Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce. Favorites were the Navy Band Great Lakes, South Shore Drill Team, the PTHS Marching Band and the various Shriner Clubs.
Larry & Shirley Hackmann from Washington, IL were dressed in clothes from the 1860s and danced behind the Flanagan-Cornell Band. Their dress represented the era near the end of Threshing on the farm. Larry, as a child, worked as a water boy for a threshing crew in the the early 1950s.
All along the parade route, Nathan Joerndt, this year’s Grand Marshal, was greeted with cheering crowds.
This year year more than 15 floats were in the parade. The winner of the Wilbur J. Collins Award was awarded to the Girl Scouts. In the theme category, Pontiac Healthcare & Rehab won first, Vermillion Players won second and First Lutheran Church won third. In the non-theme category, Evenglow Lodge won first, Boy Scouts won second and SOCU won third.
The South Shore Drill Team will be part of the Threshermen’s Parade again this year on Sunday, September 4 at 1:15 pm. They will also be giving a special performance immediately following the parade in the square downtown Pontiac. So make sure to stick around and watch.
It’s time to show our Chamber members how much we love them.
Shop at local Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce retailers July 1 – July 31 and submit your receipts! For every eligible receipt, receive (1) entry into the Shop Local Shop Chamber Sweepstakes. It’s that easy.
How to Enter: Text: Take a pic of your receipts and text to 312.505.6546. Email: Take a pic of your receipts or scan them in and email to email@example.com. Fax: Fax a copy of all of your receipts to 815.844.2600. Mail: Mail either the original or copies of your receipts to 210 N Plum St, Pontiac, IL 61764. In-Person: Bring your receipts to the Chamber office at 210 N Plum St, Pontiac, IL 61764.
Please include your full name, address, phone number and email when entering the contest.
Prizes: Weekly Prizes: Each week, (5) winners will receive $25 in Chamber Gift Certificates. Grand Prize: At the end of the contest period, (1) grand prize winner will receive $250 in Chamber Gift Certificates.
Chamber Gift Certificates are good at more than 200 chamber members in the Pontiac area.
Shop at the following locations:
– $50 at Lilli’s
– $75 at Klopfenstein’s
– $30 at Trainor BP
– $20 at Monical’s Pizza
– $12 at Pontiac Subway
– $250 at Heller Motors
– $200 at Watson Vision Center
– $5 at Majik Bean
– $500 Rebecca Campbell Photo
– $50 at the General Store
– $45 at Livingston County Chiro
– $1,000 at Wright’s Furniture
– $25,000 at Lynn Chevrolet
– $15 at Crescent Cinemas
– $400 Audible Hearing
– $35 Kelly Margaret Salon
– $50 Pub 13
– $15 Baby Bull’s
No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the U.S. Sweepstakes begins 2/1/16 and ends 2/29/16. To enter must be 18 years or older. Sponsored by Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce.
The tornado the night before didn’t stop Police Chief Woolford from talking at Issues & Eggs this morning.
He shared with the group of more than 30 people news from the tornado. Most of the damage was done to businesses, but a few people were hurt and were being treated. Heller Motors, Super 8, Baby Bull’s Travel Center, BP, Shell and Wal-mart were among the businesses damaged. The Rec Plex was also hit. Fences are down and a small building is gone.
He also talked about a new program called Safe Harbor, which is to begin on July 1. The innovative program is directed at helping heroin addicts receive treatment for their addiction. It is modeled after a program in Dixon, IL.
Under the new program addicts can come to the police department, turn in their drugs, and get treatment immediately. That instant acceptance is crucial to recovery, but it often doesn’t happen as people have to wait for insurance approval. The police department is working with 12 recovery centers around the state to get people into treatment immediately. The program, which will have negligible costs, will hopefully make the job of the Pontiac police easier when dealing with the opiate crisis.
Chief Woolford stated that the police department responds to several opiate overdoses every week and that the problem is across all age groups.
What a fantastic success this year’s golf out was! While the weather was a bit warm, we ended up with plenty sunshine and no rain. Everyone had a great time because of the generous support of sponsors, donors and golfers.
As our one big fundraiser for the year, the money raised during the event is vital in helping the Chamber provide programs such as this year’s sidewalk sale, Shop Local Shop Chamber sweepstakes, Yard of the Month awards, Issues & Eggs and our newly launched interactive website.
We are especially thankful for our two big sponsors this year, Caterpillar and Republic Services. WJEZ and SOCU were this year’s beverage sponsors and they were quite popular with the golfers.
In addition, we thank all of our hole sponsors. We appreciate everyone’s support in making this event such a success year after year.
WJEZ and SOCU
Bank of Pontiac
Calvert-Martin Funeral Home
CF Physical Therapy
Country Financial – Marlin Eilts
Dimond Bros Insurance Company
Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home
First Financial Bank
Frontier Title Company
Gerber Collision & Glass
Good Samaritan Home
Heartland Community College
IHR Counseling Services
Illinois American Water
Illinois State Rep. Tom Bennett
Livingston County Farm Bureau
Livingston County Housing Authority
Lynn Chevrolet Buick
McCoy Construction Company
McDonald’s of Pontiac
OSF St. James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center
Pontiac Family Eye Care
Representative Tom Bennett
Stamps Body Shop
State Bank of Saunemin – Village of Saunemin
United Way of Livingston County