Letter to the Editor

Another great winter weekend

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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 39th 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 Presenting Sponsor GrapeTree Medical Staffing. Gold level sponsors include: Pure Fishing, Re*Be Skin and Vein Clinc, and Dr. McGillicuddy's; and our Silver sponsors include Kozy Heat and Hy-Vee of Spirit Lake.

Thank you to our individual event sponsors Okoboji Harley-Davidson for the Polar Plunge, The Gardens for the Bean Bag Toss Tournament, The Ritz for Snowball Softball, Mary Lynn Ingvall and Ingvall Real Estate Team for the Chocolate Classic, Oak Hill Marina 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 would also like to thank Black Hills Energy for sponsoring the Winter Games Information Center all weekend long.

We appreciate the leadership of this year’s chair Adelee Dixon, co-chair Brent Harris, and our nine 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 MC22 for their non-stop coverage.

A big shout out to Spirit Lake High School senior Emmaline Hughes for a beautiful rendition of our national anthem for our Extravaganza and her time with us as our J-Term Intern. 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

Kiley Zankowski — Director of Membership and Events

Cari Jack — Communications Administrator

Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce