Our Facebook Like-a-thon recipient for February is the McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence. They have provided assistance to those affected by domestic violence since 1992. Their services are free and confidential. They provide service for children, men and women in McLeod County. Their mission statement is: To support and promote the elimination of relationship violence through education, empowerment, protection, and advocacy.
Their services include a 24 Hour Crisis Line Support, safety planning, support groups, and much more. From October, 2011 to September 2012, MAVDV, Inc. served 265 victims of domestic violence. 168 of these were new clients, 18 were men and 3 were teens. They also provided legal advocacy to clients 483 times and housed 15 persons in emergency safe housing and provided transportation.
Their 18th annual “Strike Out The Violence” Bowl-a-thon is February 15, 2014. If you are interested in participating, contact McLeod Alliance at (320) 234-7933 and ask for Glynis. If you’d like more information on ways you can give, go to their website at http://www.mcleodalliance.org/.
Last Friday was the 2014 Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Banquet “Get in the Game”. The evening started out with handing out awards for the following:
Business Persons of the Year- Gail and Jenny Plaisance
Volunteer of the Year- Ken Jensen
Ag Person of the Year- Nathan Winter
Young Leader of the Year- Chris Wilke
Teacher of the Year- Scott Renning
Congratulations to all this year’s recipients!!
Citizens Bank also received the “Business Gives” letter of appreciation. Hutchinson Business Gives provides a way to recognize Hutchinson Businesses who have donated 2% or more of their pre-tax earnings to non-profit organizations.
After the awards, the games began where they played everything from eating a donut off of a ribbon first, without letting it drop to tossing a tortilla on a plate that was tied on your head. There were a lot of great prizes! Below are some pictures from the event. Thank you to the Hutchinson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism for hosting a great event!!
Are you looking for something fun and different to do in Hutchinson? The Paint Factory might just be the place for you! A couple of us from CB&T were invited to the VIP night on December 19th. Some of us were excited and some were a little nervous due to our lack of creativity. But with Tara’s great instruction on each step, all of the paintings turned out pretty good and we all had a great time. After each step, she turns the music up and your creativity begins.
Check out the calendar on the website at http://thepaintfactorymn.com/ and grab some friends or plan a date night.
The Hutchinson Theatre Company is presenting “Imaginary Invalid” November 14-16 at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts. The show is produced by Carol Stark. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 which includes a sampling of delicious appetizers and beverage. Get your tickets online or at the Chamber office today!
If you would like more information, check out their website at http://www.hutchtheatre.org/productions/2013-production-line-up-2/imaginary-invalid/
Agriculture is a vital part of the Hutchinson community, and each year we give thanks to all the farmers who work long hours to produce staple crops. It won’t be long before harvest season arrives and area farmers put in countless hours in the field. The growing season, weather, and a number of other factors influence the short window of opportunity farmers have to get crops safely harvested, transported, and stored before winter arrives.
Long hours in the fields mean farmers don’t always get the breaks they need, so the AgriBusiness Committee at the Hutchinson Chamber started a Farm Fatigue Bag program a few years ago. Citizens Bank and Trust is a proud sponsor of this program that assembles five gallon buckets full of bottled water, sandwiches and snacks, sunscreen and other helpful items aimed at helping farmers stay healthy and safe. Volunteers take turns driving out to the fields around Hutchinson and Glencoe, delivering 300 of these Farm Fatique packages directly to farmers. In many cases, volunteers walk the bucket out into the field to the farmer. This is a very well received program, with many sponsors and volunteers who work hard each fall to help our area farmers. If this is something you think you’d can help, contact the Hutchinson Chamber.
The Annual Hutchinson Arts and Crafts Festival is one of Hutchinson’s most anticipated annual events. This is the 38th year of the festival, and this year will feature over 170 artisan booths. You can look forward to roomier booths and more display space, as each booth will be 12×12 feet, an increase from 10×10 foot booths of the past.
This year’s featured artist is Ellen Starr, an artist who now calls Hutchinson her home. She is a diverse artist working in many different mediums. As Ellen states on her Etsy site, her “passion is to create works of art that inspire others with a sense of awe and reverence.” Ellen is a cancer survivor and uses her art as a therapeutic tool. Her presence at the Arts and Craft Festival this year will be a wonderful addition.
You can count on a delicious array of food at the Taste of Hutchinson, including many crowd favorites! New this year will be corn on the cob! The entire festival is free to attend and begins on Friday, September, 13th at 10am until 6pm, and again on Saturday, September 14th from 9am until 4pm.
What’s New This Year?
New this year, the Hutchinson Center for the Arts will be open during the same time as the Arts and Crafts Festival. It is free!
Also, the South Fork Film Festival will be showing the Alfred Hitchcock classic, “The Birds” at the Masonic West River Park. The film will start at the conclusion of the High School football game, and will also be free.
The Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce is excited about these additions to the weekend, and hopes you’ll invite friends to enjoy the festivities with you. The weekend is expected to bring up to 12,000 visitors to Hutchinson. Please join us in welcoming everyone to Hutchinson!
On Wednesday, September 11th the Hutchinson Chamber Business After Hours will be hosted by Equul Access of Hutchinson, MN from 4-7pm. Equul Access is a non-profit offering therapeutic equine assisted activities for individuals with special needs, including adults and children. They also offer some unique leadership and team building services for area businesses, and look forward to sharing more about what they do at the Business After Hours. This event is free and open to all Chamber members and their employee’s, but an RSVP to the Hutchinson Chamber is required.
Equul Access is also hosting their annual fundraising event on Saturday, September 7th, and the public is encouraged to attend. The funds raised help to support the work they do and the equine assisted activities and services they provide to our community. Click here for more information about the fundraiser.
We sincerely hope you are able to visit Equul Access and learn more about what they do at one of these upcoming events.
Have you been out to the McLeod County Fair yet? The annual Fair kicked off this Wednesday, August 14th and runs through Sunday, August 18th. Buzz and handfuls of Citizens Bank Employees have been there to help! Thank you to Renee, Sheri, Connie, Bonnie, Tim, Robin, Jeff, Deb, Anthony, Jessi, Nancy, and many more who have been selling tickets, managing the “bank”, serving beverages, and many other tasks to make this even successful each year! The Fair offers lots of attractions including: carnival rides, fair food, live animal barns, 4-H projects and judging, commercial building vendors, Autocross, Demo Derby, Live Music, and lots of people! For more information, visit the Fair website, or join us tonight until Midnight at the Fairgrounds in Hutchinson!
Today, Buzz is busy buzzing around one of the most popular summer spots for children to beg their parents to take them to visit….the Sanctuary! Young and old alike often bring down bread or crumbs, items to “feed the ducks” for minutes or maybe even hours. The open-air Sanctuary is host to many different kinds of animals: goose, ducklings, deer, and more. The maintenance of this centrally-located Environmental Center was so crucial, that the Burich family decided to put their name on it! On this gorgeous afternoon, Buzz the Bee decided to head down and take a visit!