Chamber Chat

Chamber Chat by Vermillion Area Chamber/Development Company Upcoming events

* Midwest Youth Basketball Tournament � On Dec. 18 and 19, Vermillion is hosting the Midwest Youth Basketball tournaments at the DakotaDome. These tournaments bring in people from all over the state and we are expecting more than 3,000 visitors.

Please help us welcome them to Vermillion by putting it on your marquee signs and welcoming them in your businesses and in our community. If you would like to volunteer your time to help out at the tournament please call our office at 624-5571. Thanks.

* Valiant Vineyards Holiday Open House � Sunday, Dec. 19, noon to 5:00 p.m. Stop in and enjoy the holiday cheer at the Valiant Vineyards. Sit down to enjoy the food, music, wine and fun! Free to public.

* Come Home for the Holidays ? Come home to Vermillion � We would like to thank all of you who participated and attended the weekend festivities which made the "Home for the Holidays" event a huge success. A special thank you to:

* Erlin Ellison for donating the community Christmas tree.

* The City of Vermillion, City staff, and Clay Union Electric Cooperative for lighting the city and transporting and lighting the tree.

* Dr. Paul Roob for the tree site.

* Manning's Garryowen Tree Farm for the sleigh.

* Hy-Vee and Pepsi for providing the trailer.

* CorTrust Bank for providing hot chocolate.

* Vermillion High School Chorus for sharing their musical talent.

* Area merchants for their contributions to the holiday promotions.

* Vermillion Public Library.

* Senior Citizens Center.

* Vermillion Public Transit.

* Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves.

* Celebrate Vermillion � Friday, Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. to midnight at the DakotaDome. Ring in the New Year at the DakotaDome from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $2 and there will be activities for all ages. Don't miss the fireworks to Welcome 2005!

* Important Deadline � VCDC Membership � If you would like to be included in the 2005 Welcome to Vermillion Book, please send your membership commitment sheet prior to Dec. 24 to our office.

* 2004 Holiday Shopping Card Winners � Congratulations to our 2004 Holiday Shopping Card winners: Mandy Rydberg, Susan Stach and Jill Nelson each won $100 in Vermillion Bucks, and our grand prize winner was Sara Peterson who won $350 in Vermillion Bucks! Thank you to the participating businesses for making this promotion possible: Doo-Wop Shake Shop/Candy Bouquet, Victorian West, True Value, Never Never Land, Deb's Hallmark, Nook 'n Cranny, Willson Florist, Hollywood Video, Pamida, Choice Pharmacy, Much a Do, Davis Pharmacy, Pressing Matters and Brunick Furniture. This promotion was a great success with over 400 participants, shopping locally in Vermillion, and spending almost $50,000 over the past few weeks!

Looking for holiday gift ideas? How about Vermillion Bucks? Vermillion Bucks are available at the Chamber of Commerce and Development Company and can be purchased in denominations of $5, $10 or $20. Vermillion Bucks spend just like cash at any Vermillion business. Vermillion Bucks make great gifts for friends, co-workers, or family. Support our local merchants and "Shop Vermillion" this holiday season.

VCDC office will be closing Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 for the holidays.

Upcoming meetings for the week of Dec. 19:

* Monday, Dec. 20 � United Way Meeting, noon at the VCDC office.

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