Letter to the Editor

Thank you for Winter Games success

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

On behalf of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce, and Okoboji Tourism, we would like to thank so many for making our 38th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games another success for our business community.

Thank you to our sponsors for making so much of this possible. Our Gold level sponsors include Re/Max Lakes Realty, Pure Fishing, Stauss Realty, and Dr. McGillicuddy’s; and our Silver sponsors include Milford Electric, Kozy Heat, and Fairway Independent Mortgage Company. Thank you to our individual event sponsors Okoboji Harley-Davidson for the Polar Plunge, BIG Country 107.7 and Parks Marina for the Bean Bag Toss Tournament, The Ritz for Snowball Softball, Mary Lynn Ingvall of Ingvall Real Estate Team for the Chocolate Classic, Re/Max Lakes Realty for the Chili Cook-off, Lakes Regional Healthcare for the 5K/10K race, Shaw’s of Okoboji for the Broomball Tournament, and Parks Marina for Flag Football.

We appreciate the leadership of this year’s Chair Ryan Davelaar, Co-chair Adelee Dixon, and our eight wonderful Winter Games Cheerleaders. Thank you to our hundreds of volunteers, Arnolds Park Amusement Park’s hard working staff, KUOO, the Dickinson County News, the Lakes News Shopper, and MC 22 for non-stop coverage. A big shout out to Spirit Lake High School Junior, Anna Ascheman, for a rousing rendition of our National Anthem for our Extravaganza. Thank you to county and city governments for working with us, the courageous law enforcement of the Lakes Region, the Iowa DNR, Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire & Rescue for keeping us safe, and all of the Chamber businesses that hosted events that lead to a memorable weekend for our tens of thousands of visitors. It takes a very special community to unite and support an event that brings joy to our locals and visitors alike with an economic boost for our chamber members. Thank you to each and every one of you.

Blain Andera — CEO/President

Kara Matheson — Director of Events

Kiley Zankowski — Director of Membership

Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce