Despite cold, rainy weather Tuesday evening, the New Dawn Theatre Company in Duluth, GA, was filled with warm, holiday cheer as we, and other fellow Duluth Merchants Association members, arrived for our 2011 annual Holiday Party, bringing positive spirits and bearing gift cards to be donated to a local charity.
Boudreaux's Cajun Market and Café spiced up the night with their tasty shrimp and fish delights.
Sherry Ingbritsen, co-director of the New Dawn Theater Company, introduced us to cast members who entertained us with a wonderful excerpt from their current production, “Dad’s Christmas Miracle” (Cast: George Peters, John Laszlo, David Heath, Audrey Paulsen, Marla Krohn, Chuck Mason, Barbara Allen, Chase McElroy, Jordan Cox, Keira Edgett, Ramona Werner, Megan Heath and Demi Lehman.)
The evening was truly a time of giving:
President Sunny Ramsay presented Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris, and City Council Member Jim Dugan with a $3,700 check, representing DMA’s contribution to the City of Duluth, to provide permanent lighting for the Living Honorarium on the Duluth Town Green.
Ramsay presented the 2011 Duluth Merchant of the Year Award to Harold Stamey, CPA.
DMA members presented outgoing president Ramsay with an engraved clock, commemorating her year of service as 2011 DMA President.
Ramsay then presented the incoming 2012 DMA President Jim Johnson of JMS Consulting, to the DMA members. She handed over the meeting to Jim, who presented his 2012 goals of "serving and engaging every DMA member, and promoting Duluth prosperity now."
Johnson presented Mary Roberts, director of the Hands of Christ Duluth Co-Op, with the 30-plus gift cards of all varieties collected during the party to assist with community needs during this holiday season. The Hands of Christ Duluth Co-Op is “A place where...the resources of the Duluth area churches, community and merchant organizations provide for effective, efficient ministry to our neighbors in need.”
We all left the party, filled with good cheer...finding, as always, that strengthening connections with our city and our community does seem to make the season brighter!