Chamber News

A Glamorous Night of Awards for Mack Town

McKinleyville business owners and operators of nonprofit groups gathered at the Blue Lake Casino's Sapphire Palace on Friday, March 27 to celebrate the McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce Member's Choice Award recipients as well as the Azalea Award Recipients.
The event was styled after the Academy Awards, with Sara Goodwin and Cassaundra Burrell acting as the evening's hostesses.
Guests to the event walked the red carpet, with the paparazzi taking their pictures as well as fans asking for their autographs.
There were video testimonials given by members for the award recipients.  Many volunteers worked together to make the event possible.
The goal of the chamber was to get as many members the the community engaged as possible.  The chamber reached out to the Arcata High School business clas as well as their Interact Group.  The chamber also worked with HSU's Leisure Programming class.
There was a silent auction before the program as well as a live auction afterward with Rex Bohn, First District supervisor, acting as auctioneer.
Chamber members nominated and voted for the Member's Choice Awards recipients.  This year's award recipients are:
·         New Business of the Year - The Fieldbrook General Store
·         Small Business of the Year - A & L Feed
·         Business of the Year - Six Rivers Brewery
·         Home Based Business of the Year - Orchids for the People
·         Nonprofit of the Year - McKinleyville Family Resource Center
The Azalea Award was also presented during the program.  This year's recipients, Ross and Kelly Miller of Miller Farms Nursery, were nominated for the award by previous years' recipients.  Chamber President and CEO Heather Viña presented the award to the Millers.
The McKinleyville Chamber would like to thank everyone in the community for their support of the chamber and its members.  Many thanks to everyone for donating the many items that made the auction a success.


Lions Club Hosts Annual Winter Express

It’s the annual Winter Express Program put on by the eight member Lions Club plus a village of around 200 volunteers. It was a three day event that’s been running for the past eight years, giving kids an experience they aren’t necessarily used to.

“It gives the children the opportunity to shop without their parents present and when the child makes the choice to get a gift and the parent is not involved, it's just a totally different feeling for the kids,” Bainbridge said.

More than 700 kids had the opportunity to come down the aisles each getting to pick out four gifts for family or friends. If you do the math, that's nearly 3,000 items donated to the Lions Club for this year's Winter Express. 

The items were provided by local businesses or purchased from grant money. After students shop, elves helped them wrap and tag the presents. Students also got a picture with Santa, someone who is in tune with the purpose of this program.

Chamber Partners with McKinleyville Shopping Center for Town Wide Holiday Celebration and Open House

It is time once again to raise the tree, welcome Santa and celebrate the holidays, McKinleyville style.  Thursday, December 4th is the date to put in your calendars.

  • Town Wide Open House 4-8 p.m. at Participating Businesses (DEADLINE FOR BUSINESSES TO APPLY TO PARTICIPATE IS WED. NOV. 26)  APPLY HERE
    • Community to be the judges in the businesses Tree Decorating Contest (maps and ballots available at all businesses and Santa Event)
    • Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest - Win $100 (judges will be participating businesses)
    • Opportunity to win Gift Baskets at ALL participating businesses.
  • Children's Choir and Dance Performance 5-5:30 p.m.
  • Santa Arrives and Lights Tree 5:30 p.m.
  • 5-7 p.m.  Free treats and activities for the kids at the McKinleyville Shopping Center
  • 5:45-7 p.m. Visit with Santa, bring your camera!

Chamber Offers Local Groups and Organizations the Opportunity to Raise $$ by offering Partnership Opportunities

The McKinleyville Chamber is again offering partnership opportunities for local groups and organizations.  This program creates opportunities to raise money to benefit the recipients of these partnerships.  The chamber board of directors is excited to be able to offer even more opportunities in 2015!  If you would like to find out more and fill out the Partnership Application look here.