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2022 Holiday Open House

The Chamber’s 2022 Holiday Open House was another smashing success, thanks to the contributions of our incredible sponsors and the work of excellent volunteers.  Special thanks to the Chamber’s Premier Sponsor, Montour Solar One, and Santa’s Workshop Sponsor, My Benefit Advisor and World Kinect.

As 300 guests poured into the Pine Barn Inn last Tuesday evening, some at the behest of our Angel Sponsor and shuttle service from Susquehanna Valley Limousine, they were greeted by an incredible spread of food, drink, prizes and fun.

We say prizes of course, because of the generous offerings of so many raffle prize donors, whose gifts made the 50/50 and raffle a wonderful success.  Prizes this year included 10 gift certificates from Steph’s Subs, as well as gift certificates from Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, Towne Camera, Quaker Steak & Lube, a one-night stay at The Elmdale Inn, a pie dish from Renco Ace Hardware, a bicycle helmet from the Dutch Wheelman, and incredible prizes from the Bloomsburg Fair Association, including two family four packs with parking passes and a grandstand prize pack.  Four of our flower arrangements were also raffled off during the evening.  What a spread!

The event’s food offerings were just as generous this year, and featured top-notch selections from our host, The Pine Barn Inn, as well as the samplings of the Chamber’s Angel Sponsors, who included the Columbia Montour Area Vocational & Technical School’s culinary arts program, Craft Catering, The Farmhouse at Turkey Hill and Turkey Hill Brewing, Freas Farm Winery, Steph’s Subs, Shanty Secrets and Wild for Salmon.

A photo booth, set up by new member and Angel Sponsor Something Borrowed by T + M, made the evening’s photos a festive affair, while gorgeous flower arrangements from Angel Sponsor Blossoms in Bloom by Megan, adorned our tables, serving as centerpieces.

Repeating a tradition that has brought smiles to many, the Chamber once again opened our “Holiday Cheer Bar”, sponsored by Lions Gate Apartments.  Guests who came to this complimentary bar generously contributed tips which are to be donated to three area nonprofits.  This year, the nonprofits selected were the Women’s Center of Columbia and Montour Counties, Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc. and the Chamber’s Foundation.  Special thanks to Tim Wagner, Amy Gaffney, and the ladies of the Lions Gate team, who tended bar to benefit these nonprofits.

Throughout the evening, a number of additional volunteers, namely your Chamber Ambassadors, contributed to the success of the event.  Special thanks to Ambassadors Lauren Duane, Sandy Cole, Ruth Wardrop, Ray & Laura Haden, and Michelle Boone.  Additional thanks to Kali Berleth, Amy Gaffney and Carly Stout, who assisted throughout the evening with photos and more.  Brenda Flanagan, the Chamber's Administrative Assistant, and Foundation Director Jeff Emanuel also played a vital role in the success of the event.

Thanks for a great event, stay tuned for more opportunities to connect with members!