This year the shopper discount card promotion by the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce will benefit the Cedaredge High School athletic program.
That announcement was made by chamber president Larry Murphy at the chamber's annual banquet held at The Graystone in Eckert on Feb. 15.
Final details of the promotion are still being worked out, Murphy said. "This will cost the chamber some money," he said. But the program is expected to have full support from the same 41 local businesses that participated last year.
Murphy explained that the high school football team's successful quest for the class 1A State Championship included extra travel and other expenses that had depleted funds for the athletic department's programs. Hopes are that sales of the shopper discount card will be sufficiently high to provide a significant boost to the school program's resources.
"Every dollar raised will go 100 percent to the high school athletic program," Murphy said. Participating local businesses are being asked if they can provide the maximum possible value to their participation in the program this year and encourage sales of the card to help high school athletics.
The discount card promotion fits right in with the chamber's overall mission of working to encourage local residents of Cedaredge and the Surface Creek valley to support local business by shopping at home and not driving to other communities for what they can find here.
Members of the Cedaredge Area chamber of Commerce annually take a time out from personal business and community service work for a time of reflecting on past success and looking forward to new challenges at their annual banquet event. It is a social occasion that attracted about 30 this year to a dinner at The Graystone in Eckert. The Graystone features a house specialty of prime rib, and its lasagna is another popular entree choice on the menu.
The CACC's board of directors is a working board whose members take on chamber projects in addition to running their own businesses and their busy family lives.
Community activities and events sponsored by the chamber through the year, in addition to the annual banquet, include AppleFest, the Golden Gala, the street dance in July, a golf tournament, the Parade of Lights, and the Sweetheart Dance that took place Feb. 16.
In addition, the chamber is planning to host an ice fishing event on Grand Mesa in March, Murphy said.
The chamber is looking forward to the possibility of the town completing street improvements in the downtown business corridor this year. The town government is hoping to complete an ambitious street and landscape improvement program downtown intended to improve the ambiance and pedestrian appeal there.
Murphy noted that the chamber will be working with the town government to ensure that access to businesses is available throughout any work, and that activities associated with AppleFest are not disrupted by work if the improvement project moves forward as hoped.
Looking forward, Murphy said, "The chamber is going to be a part of the changes coming to Cedaredge."blog comments powered by Disqus