Prairie Business Staff Report 2017-05-26 12:03:02
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce received the Event of the Year award at the 2017 Mid-America Chamber Executives Conference, held May 3 to 5 in Sioux Falls. The award honored the Chamber’s annual Military Appreciation Night, held each summer in conjunction with a Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks minor league baseball game. Military Appreciation Night has grown since it started six years ago, and has sold out the past three years, according to the Chamber. Last summer, more than 1,000 military members and their families were given complimentary game tickets, T-shirts and attended a pre-game picnic featuring games, giveaways and a special appearance from the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. “While Military Appreciation Night is a Chamber event combined with a game of baseball, it’s a true community partnership,” says Jim Parsons, vice president of finance and operations for the Chamber, in a statement. “It’s really an inspiring event and the least we can do to thank our region’s veterans. But it wouldn’t be possible without the continued support of the RedHawks, veteran’s organizations, our Military Affairs committee or the event’s presenting sponsor, D-S Beverages.” MACE is made up of chamber professionals in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. MACE holds a conference each year, which includes recognition of exemplary work from Chambers in those six states. “It was a surprise and an honor to get the news that this event won such a prestigious award,” says Craig Whitney, president and CEO of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber, in a statement. “It is fitting that the award was announced as I was in Washington, D.C., for a National Guard reception in support of our local Happy Hooligans. Honoring our military is a continued priority for our Chamber. I can’t wait for this year’s event.” PB
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