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Bates: Nomination deadline for Frank E. Low Award

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Last chance to submit nominations for the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce’s Frank E. Low Award. This is the chamber’s highest award given to an individual for distinguished community service.

Frank E. Low was involved with McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce through the ’60s and ’70s and the early days of Fiesta Days, making each better because of his enthusiastic touches.

Deadline for nominations is Wednesday. Nomination forms and criteria sheets are available at the chamber office, 1257 N. Green St., McHenry, or online at

The Frank E. Low Award will be presented at the chamber's annual “Derby Dance, Run for the Roses” on Jan. 26 at D’Andrea Banquets. Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres begin at 6 p.m. with a filet mignon dinner at 7 p.m. Sweet table and complimentary beverages from 9 to 11 p.m. Back by popular demand is Lori Shane & the Mix.

In addition to the Frank E. Low Award, other awards to be presented are Board Member of the Year, Joe Thome Award and Ambassador of the Year.

“Win” sponsor is Worldwide Traveler; “Place” sponsors are BMO Harris Bank, Centegra Health System, Gary Lang Auto Group, Home State Bank, Medela Inc., and Northwest Herald; and “Show” sponsors are Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, D’Andrea Banquets, Blooms and Rooms Design Studios, McHenry Bank & Trust, and Mercy Health System.

Reservations can be made at McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce. Special savings for tables of eight and 10. Visit

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Plan to attend the chamber’s Christmas Party today. Held at Chili’s in McHenry, this is always a hit with chamber members. Complimentary hor d’oeuvers, and soda and water will be served, with excellent networking opportunities. There will be funky door prizes, a chamber gift basket and a Chili’s gift card. We may even have a guest appearance by Santa. This event draws many from our business community so plan to be there between 5 and 7 p.m.

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The McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce's Life is a Journey Expo takes place Feb. 16 at McHenry High School West Campus. Sponsored by Centegra Health System and the Northwest Herald, Life is a Journey is an expo within an expo featuring color-coded rows highlighting Leisure Lane, Senior Street, Pet Parkway, Health & Fitness Fairway, Financial Frontage, Woman's Walkway, Children's Court, Home Highway and Automotive Avenue.

Expo will feature the Coupon Queen, exotic animal show, home improvement tips, senior humorist Susan Salach Cutler, McHenry Warriors obstacle course, and inflatables.

For more information and booth application, visit

The chamber will conduct expo training at the chamber office at 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 12.. Call 815-385-4300 to register .

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Looking for a Christmas gift this season for the hard to please? Consider the Chamber Golf Outing on May 15 at McHenry Country Club. Buy early and save 10 percent. Attendance limited to 128.

* Kay Rial Bates is the president and chief executive officer of the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at

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