Chamber of Commerce held golf play day Tuesday

On Tuesday, the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce held its annual play day at Fairways Golf Course. The event was in full swing after two previous years limited by the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘We are excited to be back to full-strength, sold out and full sponsorship’

ROCHELLE — On Tuesday, the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce held its annual play day at Fairways Golf Course. The event was in full swing after two previous years limited by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“On behalf of the chamber, we thank you for coming out today,” Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tricia Herrera said to kick off the play day. “We are excited to be back to full-strength, sold out and full sponsorship. We had a rough couple of years, but like everything else, we're back. We couldn't do this event without our sponsors. This is our largest fundraiser and makes up a significant portion of our budget to do the things we do at the chamber every year.”

The presenting sponsor of the event this year was the Burlington Junction Railway and the organization had employees on hand at the play day, including General Manager AJ Martin. The golf outing had a patriotic theme, and participants were asked to wear red, white and blue. $100 in Community Cash was given to the sponsor or foursome that was most star-spangled Tuesday.

Herrera said seeing the event back at full-strength was an “amazing” feeling.

“I love to see the people and members,” Herrera said. “I love talking to them and asking them what we can do to help. All of that networking that's done on the course is such a great part of today."

The chamber enjoys helping members and people from the community meet and facilitate relationships at the event that can result in the exchange of services or products in the future. 

While attendance at the event in the past two pandemic-impacted years was down for safety purposes, sponsorships were not, Herrera said.

“Our sponsors knew that this was a big event for us and they supported us whether they were physically here or not,” Herrera said. ”For them to continue that through the pandemic and now get to see and thank them in person is just exciting to me."

The play day had “a lot” of hole sponsorships Tuesday, where golfers played games and learned about services and how to help nonprofits. Those that attended the event braved 95-degree temperatures.

“The chamber play day is kind of like Christmas to us,” Herrera said. “We've had it in 95-degree weather and we've had it in 20-degree weather. We've had it in the rain. It never dampens the spirit of the event. That's just what is always exciting to me. My staff and volunteers have not stopped smiling all day because this is just such a great event for us. We could not be more thankful. We could not do what we do at the chamber without sponsorship, participation and members. We're thankful every day for all of those things."

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