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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • Annual Chamber Celebration arrives next Saturday

  • Sometimes it's good for people to lay their worries aside, sit back with quality company and then to just enjoy.
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  • Sometimes it's good for people to lay their worries aside, sit back with quality company and then to just enjoy. Together. As a collective. As a community.
    On Saturday, January 25 the annual Granite Falls Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Community Celebration, the increasingly rare type of event able to draw the community's diversity of interests together.
    In this, her first year at the helm at least, new Chamber Director Betsy Nielsen isn't looking to mess with recent success, and individuals can expect the evening's configuration to be identical to the two years prior with: 6:00 p.m. social hour, 7:00 p.m. dinner and 8:00 p.m. entertainment. There will also be, a silent auction and door prize.
    Over the past several years, the Chamber, under then director, Nicole Zempel, has managed to revitalize the event by giving up the "speaker and award" format in exchange for an evening of entertainment and socializing.
    This year's entertainment will be performed by Divas through the Decades, a musical tribute to the most influential female pop vocalists from the 40s up until today, from the Supremes to Taylor Swift.
    Booked through G.L. Berg Entertainment out of St. Cloud, event-goers can bank on having their expectations exceeded based upon the performances of headliners provided to the Chamber the past two years by the company.
    "I heard the audience never stopped laughing with comedian Scott Novotny and then the a cappella group from the first year, "Home Free," just won [NBC's] 'Sing Off' .
    While Nielsen may have left the evening's program unchanged that is not to say that she hasn't left her mark on the event––it just happens that it's on the less glitzy 'production' side of things.
    For the first year, as a result of Nielsen's initiatives, Chamber tickets will be available online by utilizing the services of new Granite Falls ticket provider business, "Ticket-e-Split."
    "It reaches another crowd that you wouldn't otherwise reach going door to door, it's an additional way to promote the event and also provides us with customer data that can be helpful toward planning future events," said Nielsen.
    Ticket-e-Split is an online ticket sales platform created by Dan Eggen and Scott Schulz. Seven years in development before launching this past year, the pair believe the sky is the limit for the company that can adjust to meet the ticket sales needs of most any sized venue while boasting no risk services, or up front costs.
    "I still can't quite wrap my head around the whole operation. They're just in phase one, but I think that they have a chance to really grow into something," said Nielsen.
    "It's also neat that the Chamber gets to be the first organization to use the service in community. We'll see how next Saturday goes, and hopefully we can serve as a model for other organizations, both within and outside of the city."
    Page 2 of 2 - Two weeks prior to the event, and Nielsen says that the Chamber has nearly matched the 200 tickets sold for last year's event and that people may be wise to snatch theirs up before the night of the show.
    Tickets are $30 until January 24 and $35 on the day of the show on January 25.
    Tickets can be purchased at Granite Falls Bank, Citizens Bank, Thrifty White Pharmacy, the Chamber office and/or from any Chamber board member. Online, tickets can be purchased at ticket-e-split.com.

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