The Hamburg Area Chamber of Commerce is selling Hamburg pride banners as one of its major fundraisers this year. The banners hang around the city, letting those who pass through know how the sponsors feel about their city.
For those who didn’t get a chance to purchase a banner in the first round, there is now a second round open.
A spokesperson with the Hamburg Chamber office said that this is their way of inviting the community to show Hamburg pride as well as fundraise for the community. Jana Williams with the Hamburg Economic Development team said the Hamburg Area Chamber of Commerce fully funds itself though chamber member dues and fundraising.
“With the growing numbers of covid-19, the chamber was not able to host any of their fundraising events, such as The 50th annual World Famous Armadillo Festival, Hamburg Holidays, and the Chamber Awards Banquet,” she said.
“The chamber board members knew they were going to have to get creative with fundraising.”
Board member and now current Vice President Kristin Morris had first seen the idea of sponsored spirit banners in Fordyce. Morris said she noticed how nice it made the town look and knew that it would be a great project and fundraising event for the Hamburg Chamber. The board voted to get the ball rolling and execute the project.
“The first round of the spirit banners was wildly successful,” Williams said.
The chamber sold 78 banners. Businesses, families, school classes, students, seniors, and churches were among the sponsors, and some were bought in memory of or in honor of loved ones.
The first round of banners were hung around the town square and down Main Street with the help of Mayor Dane Weindorf and the City of Hamburg workers.
“The spirit banners have brought so much life and pride to our town,” Williams said.
“Everyone from near and far have loved them and requested we do another round.”
Just as in the first round, the banner sponsor can choose between a one year — $175 — sponsorship, a two year one at a rate of $225 or a three year, $250 banner.
“The round opened this Friday and we have already sold over 10 banners,” Williams said.
Round 2 will stay open until March 1. Williams said the Chamber hopes to sell an additional 40 banners this round.
Those who are interested in sponsoring a banner you can find the Hamburg Pride Banner order form at hamburgchamber.com/hamburg-pride-banner.
Information is also available on the Chamber’s Facebook page, which is named “Hamburg Area Chamber of Commerce.”
Order forms can also be found at Yours & Vine, M&M Tire, and the Jade office.
For those who wish to pay via cash or check, they may drop off payment and the order form at the Jade office, Yours & Vine, and M&M Tire.
The organizers request that checks be made payable to the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.
Those who have questions should email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message the chamber’s Facebook page.
“We look forward to completing this project and can’t wait to continue to serve our town,” Williams said.