Red Bud Chamber held annual dinner

The Red Bud Chamber of Commerce held their annual dinner on March 10 at the Opera house Bistro in downtown Red Bud.

Highlighting the evening was the announcement of the 2017 Citizen of Achievement, Steve Kueker. Chamber President Chris Stenzel presented the award.

In his president’s message, Stenzel reflected on how 2017 was a “busy and event filled year.”

Highlights from the year included the Chamber’s annual Moonlight Madness event in June. This past year was the second for the car show to be included and new was the children’s bicycle parade.

At the Red Bud 150 Heritage Hoopla Days, the Chamber held a Little Miss and Mister Red Bud contest. While there were only three children participating, those three raised $1,200 for Toys For Tots.

Kicking off the Holiday Happenings, the annual Lighted Parade was moved to Friday night, and an hour later, to allow people more time to get home from work and attend the parade. There were lots of floats participating in this year’s parade. The Chamber also added a pair of Clydesdales to pull Santa’s sleigh. Also riding in Santa’s sleigh this year were the Little Miss and Mister Red Bud.

Stenzel took a moment to acknowledge the Red Bud 150 Committee and all the work they did to celebrate Red Bud’s birthday.

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