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McHenry Now mobile app your passport to savings

Download the McHenry Now mobile phone app – your passport to anything and everything that McHenry has to offer.

The app is free and will allow you to navigate around town to find the best deals and businesses in the area. Shopping, dining, events, money saving offers – you will find all this and more great information when you download this new app.

Exclusive to the McHenry Now app is the opportunity to get special offers. We know you want to shop local this Christmas season. Why not take a look at the McHenry Now app and be rewarded for your commitment to the area?

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The McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce’s "Derby Dance – Run for the Roses" will be held 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. Sweets table and complimentary beverages will be from 9 to 11 p.m. Dress is cocktail attire, and hats are encouraged. Entertainment will be provided by dance band Lori Shane & the Mix.

Awards will be presented to retiring board member Alice Mosser, of McHenry Savings Bank; the Board Member of the Year is Lisa Cowger, of Palmarium Home Inspection Services; the Joe Thome Award recipients are Bill and Margaret Bock; Ambassador of the Year is Kurt Rice, of A Better Water Treatment; and our Frank E. Low Award winner is Donna Frett.

Awards will also be presented to our “Win” Sponsor Worldwide Traveler; our "Place" Sponsors BMO Harris Bank, Centegra Health System, Gary Lang Auto Group, Home State Bank, Medela, Northwest Herald, and Steffan’s Jewelers; and our “Show” Sponsors Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Blooms & Rooms Design Studio, D’Andrea Banquets, General Mitchell International Airport, McHenry Bank & Trust, and Mercy Health System.Make reservations with savings for tables of eight and 10 at www.mchenrychamber.com.

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The McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce “Life is a Journey” Expo will be Feb. 16 at McHenry High School West. Sponsored by Centegra Health System, Northwest Herald and Worldwide Traveler, “Life is a Journey” is not a typical expo. It's 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.

The expo will feature the Coupon Queen, exotic animal show, home improvement tips, McHenry Warriors obstacle course, and inflatables.

For more information, visit www.mchenrychamber.com.

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As the chamber closes out 2012 embracing with enthusiasm 2013, our hope is to increase the relevancy of this chamber to its membership. Often heard is that the McHenry Area Chamber is an incredible connector offering programs and activities that help businesses meet clients. We are grateful for that goodwill but the chamber staff is very aware that some of our members stay on the fringe neglecting to let us help their business grow.

We are all busy, but chamber membership must be considered as an investment expecting a rate of return. Like any investment – such as marriage, health or fitness club – the chamber needs action on the part of the member for a successful investment. That is why the chamber staff is calling annually each of its 700 members encouraging engagement. If you are not involved please contact us. Together we can determine ways the chamber can aid in the achievement of your organizational goals.

* Kay Rial Bates is the president and CEO of the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at kay@mchenrychamber.com.

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