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Chamber leading charge for St. Baldrick’s

Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Time for all McHenry guys to rise up and take action. After all, we like a little competition, don’t we?  

The McHenry Community Shave for St. Baldrick’s will be at 5 p.m. Thursday in the main gym at McHenry High School West Campus, 4724 W. Crystal Lake Road, McHenry.

Last year, McHenry was No. 8 in shavees in the world. We were a bit behind three Irish pubs. Now, McHenry ought to be able to beat three Irish pubs! Come on guys! Most of you don’t have much hair, anyway. Besides, bald is in. Shave it off and it will grow back in less than two months. Bring McHenry to No. 1 in the world. 

Hey, all you chamber referral groups, committees, and development teams, the chamber has a great offer for you! Fearless chamber board member Wayne Seely is leading the chamber charge for St. Baldrick’s. He is donating his full head of hair with lovely locks. He is joined by other chamber members, but not enough. That is why we are calling on you folks. 

Should any referral group, chamber committee, young professionals group or SOHO bring in the most shavees (percentage of group size) the chamber will donate $500 toward St. Baldrick’s on your behalf. The winning group must have at least four participants to win. In addition, the chamber will send a press release about winners to the media and include them in the chamber newsletter. Can’t lose. Contact Wayne today at wseely@visiualhorizonsinc.com.  Hair does grow back. You have my word.  

At this point, we’re just a couple days  away from the community shave on Thursday. McHenry has more than 400 shavees. This brings us to No. 4 internationally. Way to go, McHenry! Beat those Irish pubs! St. Baldrick’s supports research toward eradicating pediatric cancer. 

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The chamber will honor Fran Glossom as our 2013 Woman of Accomplishment from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at 31 N. Banquets, 217 N. Front St., McHenry. Be sure to call 815-385-4300 by noon today to make a reservation. Fran will share her rise to becoming the director of Community Learning, Strategies and Integration at Centegra Health System. 

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On Friday, the chamber will be presenting “Leveraging Social Media”  presented by Pat Price, president of the Price Group. He will share how to determine if social media is right for your business, how to build ties and engage the online community, and how to grow a business using social media. This Breakfast and Learn will begin with a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Shah Center, 4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry. Meeting starts promptly at 8 a.m. Thank you to SCORE for presenting this valued event. 

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Tonight is United Way’s  March Madness mixer at the United Way offices, 4508 Prime Pkwy.,  McHenry. This will be a joint mixer with multiple chambers. Following this mixer will be Women in Management’s multi-chamber mixer at 31 North on March 19, and It’s All About Kids at 31 North on March 26.

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Chiro One Wellness will host a Bring Your Lunch and Learn luncheon featuring “Causes and Cures for the Modern Day Stress Epidemic” from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 20 at the chamber office, 1257 N. Green St., McHenry.

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The next Never Eat Alone lunch will be at 11:45 a.m. March 27 at Kiera Confections, 341 N. Front St., McHenry. A great way to network while eating an $8, all-inclusive lunch.

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Get ready to Scramble. A networking luncheon designed to place you before the people you need to know will be April 25 at McHenry Country Club.

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The chamber’s golf outing is May 15 at McHenry Country Club. There is a special rate for early birds. Served will be a grilled lunch and a rib dinner. Shotgun start begins at 10:30 a.m. 

For more information about McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce programs, call 815-385-4300, or visit www.mchenrychamber.com.

• 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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