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Chamber's 125th Annual Gala celebrates Chamber leaders, volunteers, accomplishments
Congratulations to the award recipients
Published: Monday, February 5, 2018
By: Susan Neill Dawdy

The Chamber’s 125th Annual Gala “The Bridge” held January 26 honoring community leaders was attended by over 750 people.  The theme for the Gala was “The Bridge” because the Chamber was formed 125 years ago by a group of business and community leaders much like yourselves who raised private funds to build a bridge across the Missouri River to ensure the growth and prosperity of Jefferson City.   The Chamber was also an active supporter of the both new bridge in 1954 and the second bridge in 1991.

Mayor Carrie Tergin graciously donated her time and talents to paint a special 125th Anniversary Artwork, titled, “The Bridge” that was purchased by Tom and Sharon Naught in a live auction by Bill and Logan Gratz at the Gala.    A limited number prints signed by Mayor Tergin are also available for $125 by contacting the Chamber office at 634-3616, 

Outgoing Chairman, Janet Weckenborg, was honored for her leadership and recognized for her role in the success of the Chamber over the past year.  2018 Chamber Chair, Bill Plank, Naught Naught Insurance, outlined his goals for the Chamber in the upcoming year to continue to forge partnerships resulting in economic growth and workforce development.

The festivities continued with recognition of retiring officers, board members and other Chamber volunteers for their service to the Chamber and the community.  Retiring board members: Rod Dolph, Hy-Vee Food Stores, Inc.; Susan Mankoski, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital; Ben Vallier, Jefferson City Medical Group; Donna Viessman, Imagemark Marketing & Advertising; Bob Volmert, Continental Commercial Products; Amber Hall, Young Professionals Representative and Amy Schroeder, Leadership Jefferson City Class Representative.

There are many outstanding businesses in this community whose contributions over the years have made it a wonderful place to work and live.  Several businesses were recognized for celebrating “milestone anniversaries” Gratz Real Estate & Auctioneering, 70 Years; The Architects Alliance, 50 Years; Jefferson City Medical Group, 25 Years; Custom Screen Printing & Embroidery, 20 Years     

Congratulations to the award recipients Amber Hall, Fast Forward Award; Darren Heckman, Chairman’s Award and Jayne Dunkmann, Chamber Meritorious Civic Service Award.  Bernie Fechtel, was recognized with the William W. Quigg Leadership Award.


Special thanks also to emcees Supreme Court Judge, Mary Russell and State Senator Mike Kehoe and to the Gala Committee chaired by Nancy Gratz, Gratz Real Estate & Auctioneering and Melissa Dunn, Huber & Associates.

“The Chamber Gala was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate 125 years of service to our community and the outstanding businesses and individuals that help make it great!” said Susan Neill Dawdy, Director of Membership & Special Events for the Chamber.

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