Red Bud Chamber held annual dinner

The Red Bud Chamber of Commerce held their annual dinner on Saturday, March 9 at the Opera House Bistro in downtown Red Bud.

Highlighting the evening was the announcement of the 2018 Citizen of Achievement, Robert Cowell. Chamber President Chris Stenzel presented the award.

In his president’s message, Stenzel reflected on how 2018 had been a busy and event filled year for the chamber. Among the highlights, he pointed out that there were additions to the annual Moonlight Madness event, including a live radio broadcast. Moonlight Madness also featured the second annual Little Miss and Mister Red Bud pageant, which raised $3,000 for local charity Love Abby.

Another new event was the creation of the All Roads Lead to Red Bud campaign, which took place during the Grand American in August, bringing people from the World Shooting and Recreational Complex outside of Sparta to come visit Red Bud and enjoy shopping and dinning here. This went over very well.

Stenzel also reported that the chamber is planning on investing more advertising dollars into events at the shooting complex this year. “Our goal is to get some of these people to Red Bud, they have an amazing experience and come back.”

For more from the Chamber’s annual dinner, please see this week’s print edition.