Beat the Winter Blues 2013
The Huntingdon County Chamber held its annual Beat the Winter Blues event on Sunday March 3rd , 2013, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Huntingdon County Country Club. The entertainment for the evening was the wonderfully talented Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats. They performed while guest had the opportunity to help their favorite charities and try some of Huntingdon’s best food. The event offered an opportunity for a dozen area non-profits to raise funds and interact with other area leaders and community members. This event was catered by some of Huntingdon’s finest restaurants who were all competing for votes in the 2013 Taste of Huntingdon County. Some of the big winners of the evening were The Huntingdon County Humane Society who led all non profits in fund raising and Mr. Rick Walker of Top’s Diner who took home the prized cutting board plaque as the winner of Taste of Huntingdon County. Other raffle winners included Peggi Lynn who won 2 tickets to a Steelers game, Tad Haffey who won a Yurt vacation in Virginia, and Ronald Bargiel who won the Grand Prize, a 32’’ Vizio Flat-screen HDTV. Congratulations to all of the winners from the event and a special thank you to all who attended and to those who helped make the Winter Blues 2013 a success.
2013 Winter Blues March 3 (March 17 Blizzard Date)
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Tickets now available
Tickets are now being sold for the Winter Blues scheduled for Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Huntingdon Country Club. Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased by stopping in at the Chamber office at 500 Allegheny Street, Huntingdon PA 16652. Chamber Members may also let us know if they’d like us to mail tickets to them along with an invoice. Tickets may also be obtained from Huntingdon County Foundation and Huntingdon County Chamber Board Members. The Winter Blues is being held at the Huntingdon Country Club and will feature a “Taste of Huntingdon County,” Miss Melanie & The Valley Rats, an auction, non-profit displays and the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a 32” flat screen TV. A special thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible.
Event Sponsor – Fairfield Inn & Suites (1 Available)
Entertainment Sponsor – Sample Media (The Daily News, Bargain Sheet, PA Business Central, State College Magazine, The Valley Log)
Marketing Sponsor – Mutual Benefit Group
Cocktail Sponsor – Bumgardner & Flasher Oil, Inc.
Decoration Sponsor – Bonney Forge Corp.
Prize Sponsor – Juniata College
The Huntingdon County Foundation and the Chamber thank you for supporting the Winter Blues. We hope to see you there!
2012 Don’t Hibernate! Celebrate! Beat the Winter Blues The winter blues. If you can’t beat ’em, join us! The Huntingdon County Chamber’s Beat the Winter Blues event is back by popular demand and set for Sunday, Feb. 19, from 3-6 p.m. at the Huntingdon Country Club. And while it will be warm inside the Country Club, that doesn’t mean you won’t get goosebumps. After all, you’ll once again have the opportunity to win a 42-inch flat screen television as you support area nonprofit organizations. You can vote for your favorite Taste of Huntingdon County, dance to the beat of The Triple A Blues Band, and bid on an assortment of tempting prize baskets guaranteed to make it feel like it’s Christmas all over again. The event is being coordinated by the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce and the Huntingdon County Chamber Foundation. Event sponsors thus far include Sample Media (entertainment sponsor) and Mutual Benefit Group (marketing sponsor). In the event of inclement weather, a blizzard date…and we do mean blizzard… has been scheduled for March 4. Tickets are $25 per person, and include a free drink during the event. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Chamber office at 643-1110. (Please note that the blizzard date was inadvertently listed as Feb. 26 on the tickets. The blizzard date is indeed March 4, as noted above.) “The Blues Event is a chance for everyone to get out of the house and enjoy an afternoon of great music from an award-winning blues band and marvelous food from some of the best restaurateurs and caterers in the area,” says Chamber Executive Director Yvonne Martin. “The Chamber and the Foundation are coordinating this mid-winter event as a way to just have fun with friends and neighbors while helping to support Chamber nonprofit members during these tough economic times.” Here’s how you can beat need in Huntingdon County while beating the winter blues at the same time: The Treat Beat Come prepared to financially support your favorite cause. Not only will you treat area nonprofits to some much needed funds, you could be treating yourself to the grand prize…a 42-inch flat screen television. A number of the Chamber’s nonprofit member agencies will be on hand to share information about their organizations and to sell $1 raffle tickets for the television. Each nonprofit agency keeps the money it takes in from the raffle ticket sales. The agency selling the most tickets receives an additional $100 to further its work in Huntingdon County and beyond. When all the tickets were sold last year, Susan Pelton of Huntingdon walked away with the television set, and some of the nonprofits walked away with as much as $500. Chamber nonprofit members currently planning to attend are Huntingdon County United Way, Huntingdon County Humane Society, J.C.Blair Memorial Hospital Foundation, Huntingdon Area School District Educational Foundation, Huntingdon County Historical Society, Huntingdon Rotary Club, and the Huntingdon County Chamber Foundation. The Music Beat The award-winning Triple A Blues Band from Centre County will return this year to entertain with their “down-home, old-school, howlin’-growlin’ blues music.” Triple A has performed with national acts and at regional festivals and clubs throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey. Their first CD, Highwater, won first prize for best songwriting and musicianship in the Billboard/Musician Magazines’ Best Unsigned Band Competition. “Meet” the band and listen to a bit of their blues beat at www.tripleablues.com. The Eat Beat One of the most popular features of the Blues Event last year was the chance to enjoy “A Taste of Huntingdon County.” Attendees sampled the house specialties of restaurants, inns, coffee houses, caterers, and food vendors who serve Huntingdon County and surrounding areas. Owners of participating establishments donated their time and all the food for the event in support of the nonprofits represented. Last year, the menu ranged from wood-fired pizza and buffalo mac and cheese to Caesar salad and gourmet coffee. Those attending the event voted for their favorite “taste,” with the 2011 People’s Choice Award going to the Inn at Edgewater Acres for its lobster bisque. So far, those who have committed to providing a Taste of Huntingdon County for the 2012 event are Standing Stone Coffee Company, Spruce Creek Bakery, Snappy Chef Catering, and J.C. Blair Food and Nutrition Services. The Basket Beat You won’t want to miss the Winter Blues Basket Auction where you can purchase creative collections of goodies sure to beat those winter doldrums. Among the offerings this year will be Vera Bradley items, a margarita basket, a wine basket, a lottery tree, and a collection designed especially for pets. While it may be a silent auction, these baskets will scream “Bid!” So this year when the winter blues hit, don’t hibernate. Celebrate. Beat it to the Huntingdon Country Club on Feb. 19. For more information on the Beat the Winter Blues Event, the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce, and the Huntingdon County Chamber Foundation, visit the Chamber’s Web site at www.huntingdonchamber.comor call the Chamber at (814) 643-1110. Businesses interested in participating in “A Taste of Huntingdon County,” or who wish to contribute a basket for the auction or commit to event sponsorship, are encouraged to call the Chamber.
Blues event raises green for Chamber nonprofits
Inn at Edgewater Acres wins ‘Taste of Huntingdon County’ People’s Choice Award
It was an afternoon that could not be beat. Nearly 160 people turned out for the Huntingdon County Chamber’s first-ever “Beat the Winter Blues” event. They found a surefire remedy for their cabin fever as they joined their neighbors in raising funds for the Chamber’s nonprofit members. They danced to the soulful sound of State College’s award-winning Triple A Blues Band; feasted on wood-fired pizza, Caesar salad, buffalo mac & cheese, wings, and Italian wedding soup as area restaurateurs presented “A Taste of Huntingdon County”; and bid on and won everything from Steelers’ gear and Vera Bradley bags to a Huntingdon County staycation package. Held Feb. 20 at the Huntingdon Country Club, the event was presented by the Chamber and the Huntingdon County Chamber Foundation, the Chamber’s newest nonprofit member. To learn more about the Foundation, visit the Chamber’s Web site at www.huntingdonchamber.com. During the afternoon, those attending purchased raffle tickets from their favorite nonprofit organizations in hopes of winning the grand prize, a 42-inch flat screen television. The nonprofits kept the proceeds from the ticket sales for their organizations. An additional $100 was awarded to the nonprofit selling the most tickets; that prize went to the Rotary Club of Huntingdon. Susan Pelton of Huntingdon purchased the lucky ticket that won her the television. Lobster bisque, prepared and served by The Inn at Edgewater Acres, captured the People’s Choice Award for the best “Taste of Huntingdon County.” A handsome wooden cutting board handmade by students at the Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center was awarded to Inn owners Debra and Mark Saussure. As the People’s Choice winners, the Saussures will be featured in an upcoming Keystone Kitchen segment that will air during WTAJ TV-10’s morning news broadcast. Twenty-five people went home with their own personal mid-winter pick-me-up…one of the baskets generously donated and enticingly packaged by area businesses and individuals for a silent auction held during the Blues Event. In addition to the items mentioned above, bids went up on a Tiffany-style lamp, golf baskets, a lottery tree, a wine basket, Mead products, and McDonald’s collectibles. Chamber nonprofit members benefiting from the event were the American Cancer Society; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Huntingdon Area School District Educational Foundation; Huntingdon County Chamber Foundation; Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association; Huntingdon County Historical Society; Huntingdon County Humane Society; Huntingdon County PRIDE, Inc.; Huntingdon County United Way; Huntingdon Lions Club; J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital Foundation; and the Huntingdon County Drop-In Center. Event sponsors were Sample Media, entertainment sponsor; Spoiled Rott’n Pets and Their People and Do It Yourself Dogwash, prize sponsor; Mutual Benefit Group, marketing sponsor; J.C. Blair Health System, Inc., cocktail sponsor; and Bonney Forge Corporation, decorations sponsor. Radio personality Rick Hamilton of HUNNY 106.3 served as emcee during the afternoon. Taste of Huntingdon County sponsors included Doan’s Bones Barbecue; Dominos Pizza; Hoss’s Steak & Sea House; Huntingdon Country Club; Memories Sports Bar & Grill and Memories at the Lake; J. C. Blair Food & Nutrition Services; Mimi’s Restaurant and Martini Bar; Snappy Chef Catering; Standing Stone Coffee Company; and The Inn at Edgewater Acres. ———————————————————————————————- The Chamber has the Rx for cabin fever: Beat the Winter Blues …with A Taste of Huntingdon County, Triple A Blues Band, a basket auction, and a prize raffle, all benefitting Chamber non-profit members! Come late February, Huntingdon Countians will have a fever. And the prescription is not more cow bell. A month from now, when the holidays, the Superbowl, and Valentine’s Day have passed, before the Pride Telethon, Easter, and Little League practices kick in, cabin fever will be raging. And the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce and the Huntingdon County Chamber Foundation have the prescription…a Beat the Winter Blues Event set for Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Huntingdon Country Club. Between 3 and 6 p.m., you can feed your fever with A Taste of Huntingdon County; break a sweat dancing to the music of Triple A Blues Band; and recover nicely as you leave with baskets full of everything from Steelers gear and lottery tickets to wine and a Tiffany lamp. And the best part of it is, you’ll go home knowing the money you’ve spent on your cure benefits the non-profit members of the Huntingdon County Chamber. Event tickets are $25 per person, and include a free drink during the event. “This event is the first of its kind in Huntingdon County,” says Chamber Executive Director Yvonne Martin. “It will be a chance for everyone to get out of the house and enjoy an afternoon of great music from an award-winning blues band and marvelous food from some of the best restaurateurs and caterers in the area. The Chamber and the Foundation are sponsoring it as a way to just have fun with friends and neighbors while helping to support Chamber non-profit members like Huntingdon County United Way and Big Brothers/Big Sisters during these tough economic times.” Martin says the event will also give the community a chance to learn more about the Chamber’s newest non-profit organization – the Huntingdon County Chamber Foundation. Says Chamber Foundation Board President John Hille, “Most Americans and Huntingdon County residents are generous with their time and with their money. Some seek ways to insure that programs and organizations that they care for are able to prosper in the future. The Foundation is beginning to approach individuals with charitable interests and financial and legal advisors to those residents to encourage setting up funds within the Foundation to provide ongoing support. This can be for any non-profit program or organization, not only those sponsored by the Chamber. Additionally, the Foundation will be offering to businesses and individuals the ability to have solicitations redirected to the Foundation who can then make the gifts following the guidelines set by the funders using the budgets for annual support that the donors have established.” One example of this might be the establishment of a scholarship fund. So here’s how you can beat need in Huntingdon County while beating the winter blues at the same time: Beat the Odds Come prepared to support your favorite cause by buying lots of raffle tickets from the Chamber non-profit agencies so you can beat the odds and win a major prize. During the event, each of the 13 non-profit groups currently planning to attend will be selling raffle tickets for a grand prize. The non-profit that sells the most tickets not only keeps the money from its individual ticket sales but will also receive an additional $100 to further its work in Huntingdon County. Watch The Daily News for more information about the grand prize offering. Groove to the Beat of Triple A Blues Band You won’t want to miss the award-winning Triple A Blues Band. They hail from Centre County and have performed with national acts and at regional festivals and clubs throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey. Their first CD, Highwater, won first prize for best songwriting and musicianship in the Billboard/Musician Magazines’ Best Unsigned Band Competition. The band performs regularly as the house band on Friday nights at Zeno’s on the corner of College and Allen Streets in downtown State College. The band belts out swing, old folk blues, electric blues, and blues standards. According to the band’s Web site, www.porkchopmoney.com, Andy Tolins’ deep vocals and guitar, and harmonica player Pete “Jukester” Sheridan, together with piano player-vocalist John ‘JT Blues’ Thompson, bassist Ronnie Wasco, drummer Curt Krebs, and guest vocalist Bill Besecker, power the band’s down-home, old-school, howlin’-growlin’ blues music. Beat Your Hunger with a Taste of Huntingdon County So far, seven area restaurateurs, caterers, and food vendors have agreed to serve as food sponsors by donating “A Taste of Huntingdon County” in support of the Blues Event. These include All American Pizza and Subs; Carper’s Concessions; Hoss’s Steak & Sea House; The Huntingdon Country Club; The Inn at Edgewater Acres; Snappy Chef Catering; and Standing Stone Coffee Company. Each establishment will offer “just a taste” of its best offerings, from wings and chili to gourmet coffee and fair fare like cheesecake-on-a-stick. You be the judge of Huntingdon County’s next food star by voting for your favorite “taste.” The winner will receive The People’s Choice Award, complete with bragging rights and an appearance on WTAJ-TV’s Keystone Kitchen. Beat it to the Basket Auction Don’t miss the Winter Blues Basket Auction where you can purchase creative collections of goodies sure to lift your midwinter spirits. In addition to the basket selections listed above, you could bid on a Vera Bradley basket; a basket of McDonald’s collectibles; a wealth of health from Sweet Annie’s Herbs; a Huntingdon County staycation basket complete with certificates for lodging and tickets to attractions; and a spa-relaxation basket. The “blizzard date” for the Blues Event is Feb. 27. (And we do mean blizzard. A little snow won’t stop us). You may not feel the fever yet. But make no mistake…your temperature will rise. Get the cure before the disease sets in. Buy your Beat the Winter Blues tickets today by calling the Chamber at (814) 643-1110. You may also click here to purchase your tickets and have them waiting at the door for you. Businesses interested in participating in “A Taste of Huntingdon County” or who wish to contribute a basket for the auction are encouraged to call the Chamber for more information.