Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WMWO Chamber makes donation to Smiles Park at Kiroli


The West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce had an incredible opportunity to help support a new addition to the community.
The Chamber recently made a monetary donation to the new West Monroe Civitan Smiles Park project. The park will be a new inclusive children's playground with a handicapped-accessible pavilion and restrooms built within Kiroli Park in West Monroe.

At the Chamber's Annual Banquet on December 8, a $2,500 donation was presented to the West Mornoe Civitan Club on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce and Chick-fil-A. Carrie Kurlander, vice president of public relations at Chick-fil-A, served as the keynote speaker at the Chamber's Annual Banquet. In appreciation for Chick-fil-A's generous support of the banquet, the Chamber wanted to make a donation in the company's honor to a program that would enhance the West Monroe area for families.

The Civitan Club, organizers of the annual Ark-La-Miss Fair, is the major sponsor of the project along with the City of West Monroe. The Civitan Club has worked for two years with Shane's Inspiration, a California-based non-profit organization, to design Smiles Park.

Matt West, Committee Chairman of the park project, said playgrounds such as these are for all children of all abilities to play on. The misson of the project is to create social inclusion for children with disabilities through the vehicle of inclusive playgrounds and programs.
The Civitan Club hopes to raise approximately $1.2 million to complete Smiles Park. Funds raised to date are $350,000 of which the West Monroe Civitan Club is contributing $270,000 of its own funds. The goal is to finish fundraising as soon as possible and begin construction on the park sometime in 2015.

To learn more about Smiles Park, you can visit www.wmcivitan.com. The park also has a Facebook page where updates are posted on fundraising and construction plans. Check it out at www.facebook.com/WestMonroeCivitanSmilesParkatKiroli or call (318) 884-9810.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

WMWO Chamber announces award winners at Annual Banquet

The West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the winners of several awards presented at the Annual Banquet held on Monday, December 8.

The two highest awards presented by the WMWO Chamber are the A.O. Evans Award and the Entrepreneurial Success Award.

The A.O. Evans Award is presented annually to an individual who has made lasting contributions to the West Monroe and West Ouachita areas.  The award is named after the founder of the Chamber of Commerce - A.O. Evans.  The 2015 Award Winner is Johnny Huntsman, founder of Johnny's Pizza House.

The Entrepreneurial Success Award is presented to a WMWO Chamber business that exemplifies a true entrenpreneurial spirit in three areas - employees, management style and entrepreneurial spirit. The Third Annual Award was presented to Linda Silmon and her team at Silmon Cash & Carry, Inc. of West Monroe.

Other awards presented at the Annual Banquet include Diplomat of the Year, which was presented to Jeanette Hrafnsson of Cheeks Air Worx. Four public safety officers of the year were also recognized. Those winners include City of West Monroe Police Department - Detective Matt Graves; City of West Monroe Firefighter of the Year Captain Christopher Long; Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Deputy Todd McLain and Ouachita Parish Firefighter of the Year Captain Michael Young.

Congratulations to all of this year's winners!

An online photo gallery of this year's Annual Banquet and winners was provided by Amanda Leigh Photography and can be found at:


Monday, December 1, 2014

WMWO Chamber Banquet & Silent Auction December 8

A trip to Cancun - one of the amazing trips offered at this year's silent auction.

The West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce will host a silent auction as part of this year's Annual Banquet on Monday, December 8 at the West Monroe Convention Center.

The silent auction will open to bidders beginning at 6 p.m. at the Convention Center, and bidding will be allowed until 7:30 p.m.

Several wonderful packages are being offered at this year's auction, many of which feature local products, goods and services. The packages are themed and include "Girls' Weekend Getaway," "Family Adventure," "Taste of the Bayou" and "Sportsman's Paradise."

If adventure is your passion, there are several packages waiting just for you. Up for bid is a plane ride for two to New Orleans where you can watch the New Orleans Saints play from a suite in the Superdome. For the outdoor lover, there is a guided duck hunt up for grabs as well as a guided fishing trip, provided by the ULM Fishing Team.

For the travel lover, we have seven destination packages ranging from tropical getaway to exciting big city adventure. Some of these packages include a Classic Wrigley Field Rooftop Experience, an Amazing New York City Weekend, Napa Valley Backroads and Railways and tickets to see the Country Music Awards or the ESPY Awards.

To learn more about the seven destination packages, please Click Here.

Tickets are still available to attend the Chamber's Annual Banquet and Silent Auction. To learn more about these silent auction items or to purchase tickets, please call the WMWO Chamber of Commerce at (318) 325-1961.

Napa Valley Backroads and Railways Silent Auction package.