Letter to the Editor

Thank you for another successful Winter Games

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
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On behalf of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce we would like to thank so many for making our 41st Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games another success for our business community.

Thank you to our sponsors for making so much of this possible. To our presenting sponsor GrapeTree Medical Staffing, thank you for three years of success and dedication to this outstanding event. To our gold level sponsors, West O Beer, creator of the official Winter Games Beer Cōzy, Pure Fishing, Rosenboom, Fireball and Dr. McGillicuddy’s, we are grateful for your partnership and support to our community. To our silver sponsors, Kozy Heat and Hy-Vee of Spirit Lake, thank you for your contribution and continued dedication to Winter Games. Thank you to our individual event sponsors Okoboji Motor Company for the Polar Plunge, The Gardens for the bean bag toss tournament, The Ritz for snow softball, Ruthven Meat Locker for the Chili Cook-off, Exit Realty for the 5K Fun Run, The Dry Dock for the hammerschlagen tournament, MHR Insurance for the broomball tournament, and Parks Marina for flag football. We would also like to thank Black Hills Energy for sponsoring the Winter Games Schedules all weekend long as well as Kozy Heat, Consumers Lumber, Fireball and Dr. McGillicuddy’s for their sponsorship of the interactive ice sculptures.

We appreciate the leadership of this year’s Winter Games Chair John Hight, co-chair Mara Groom, and our eight wonderful Winter Games Cheerleaders. Thank you to our hundreds of volunteers, event chairs, Arnolds Park Amusement Park’s hard-working staff, KUOO, KICD, the Dickinson County News, the Lakes News Shopper, MC22 and all other news outlets for their non-stop coverage. 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 and Rescue for keeping us safe, and all of the chamber businesses that hosted events that lead to a memorable weekend for all of our visitors. It takes a very special community to unite and support an event that brings not only joy to our locals and visitors alike but also provides a welcomed economic boost during the off season for our chamber members. Thank you to each and every one of you.

Blain Andera — CEO/President

Kiley Zankowski — Director of Membership and Events

Andrea McMahon – Communications Coordinator

Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce