Monday May 9, 2011

BIA News

Award-Winning Party

BIA picks up kudos for it's summertime community events

Submitted by Kathy Funk, BIA


he Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association (BIA) has been awarded the "Best in the West" trophy in the category of Marketing, Promotions & Special Events recognizing BC's best Business Improvement Area to employ promotions, special events, branding and media relations to Ken Popove, President & chair of the BIA Special Events committee along with Kathy Funk, Executive Director were on hand along with BIA staff to receive the award judged by Small Business BC. Ken commented "it takes a lot of people to make this event successful and we could not have done it without our corporate sponsors, our great staff and the over 50 community volunteers who have collectively won this award today."

Kathy said "I am overwhelmed and honored to receive this award amongst some of the stiffest competition from around the province, over forty entries were received for Best in the West awards and we did it". She also noted that we made it to the top three BIA's for the category of "Community Programs and Partnerships".

Party in the Park runs eight Friday nights in July and August and boasts of over 4,000 people in attendance. This event is home to the Family Fun Zone, Night Market and Entertainment stage and it all happens at Central Community Park in the heart of Downtown Chilliwack. It all began five years ago with a brainstorming session between Ken and Kathy and together evolved as staff and community helped expand the event.


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