2024 Celebration of Excellence

Thursday, November 21, 2024 (4:00 PM - 9:00 PM) (CST)

Description

Join us Thursday, November 21, at Cragun's on Gull Lake to Rock the House for our Celebration of Excellence presented by CliftonLarsonAllen. This is our largest signature event of the year for our 1,100+ members! Party On as we honor our rock star award winners and their amazing accomplishments. Let's Rock as we celebrate our Leadership Class of 2024.

Gather your crew and join this epic rock fest of the Brainerd Lakes area business community at our biggest night of the year!

DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS OCTOBER 31, 2024 UNLESS SOLD OUT EARLIER.



THE THEME
TBD


LAKES PROUD SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Past Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award recipients: Jack Pine Brewery (2018); Brainerd General Rental (2019); Close Converse (2021); Kavanaugh's Sylvan Lake Resort (2022).


BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD


Past Business Excellence Award recipients: Widseth (2012); Crosswoods (2013); Grand View Lodge (2014); Ultra Paws (2015); Just for Kix (2016); CTC (2017); Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (2018); 3 Cheers Hospitality (2019); Lexington Manufacturing (2021); LINDAR-Avantech-Triven (2022).


BUSINESS LEGACY AWARD


Past Business Legacy Award recipients: Stewart C. Mills Jr. (2016); Arnie Johnson (2017); Paul and Lynn Hunt (2018); Dutch and Irma Cragun (2019); Ron and Al Lindner (2021); Bob Spizzo (2022).




LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE GRADUATION CLASS OF 20234

Inducted into the Blue Ox Business Academy's Leadership Experience Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame will be the Class of 2024. The Leadership Experience is a ten month program (11 full days) that is designed for emerging leaders and high-potential employees to develop essential skills and insights into their leadership character. The Brainerd Lakes Chamber is proud to have 538 graduates from the Leadership program that originated in 1999. Several of our alumni have grown and developed into some of our area's most influential leaders!

Join us in celebrating this year's Leadership Experience Class of 2024: 



SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES

Backstage Sponsor: $2,000 

  • Receive a Platinum Record table & dinner for 8
  • Receive backstage passes for 8
  • Logo included with event marketing

LIVE Entertainment Sponsor: $2,000 

Help us Rock the House with a LIVE BAND for the evening & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT for the VIP Backstage party!

  • Logo included with event marketing


TABLE & SEATING OPTIONS

Diamond Record Table: $1,295 

  • Includes a reserved table located in the two rows closest to the stage
  • Plated dinner for 8
  • 1 pre-set bottle of wine or bucket of beer (your choice) at your table
  • Backstage passes for 8

Platinum Record Table: $995 

  • Includes a reserved table located in the 3rd and 4th rows / middle section
  • Plated dinner for 8

Gold Record Table: $795 

  • Includes a reserved table
  • Plated dinner for 8

Rock Star: $89 

  • These are anything but nosebleed seats! Enjoy great stage views close to the cocktails and social scene!
  • Includes reserved seating and dinner for 1 individual
  • Reduced fee for Leadership Class of 2023 ($75)


ATTENDEES TO DATE






WHAT TO WEAR

Channel your inner rocker at the 2023 Celebration of Excellence, our most prestigious event of the year, as we celebrate our business award winners! We invite attendees to dress in their best interpretation of rock & roll attire for a formal awards gala. Grab a leather jacket, cool shades, or statement boots, and rock the night away with us at our biggest event of the year!

Please remember that guests are NOT required to dress up to the theme for this event. Business attire is also acceptable. We want all our guests to feel welcome and comfortable.



KEEP YOUR NIGHT ROCKIN' WITH THESE ADD ONS




Skip the Line with Pre-set Bottles of Wine at Your Table: $55

  • Chloe Wine Options-
    • Chardonnay
    • Pinot Grigio
    • Sauvignon Blanc
    • Prosecco
    • Cabernet
    • Merlot
    • Pinot Noir

Skip the Line with Pre-set Buckets of Beer at Your Table: $60 / 8 Beers

  • Beer Options-
    • Coors Light
    • Miller Light
    • Michelob Ultra
    • Jack Pine Brewery
      • Dead Branch Cream Ale
      • Jacktober
      • Blood Orange
      • Raspberry Lemon Hard Tea
    • Roundhouse Brewery
      • Angel Seat Amber Ale
      • Pontoon Ale
      • Boom Lake Lager
      • Jubilee Seltzer

Backstage Pass: $25

  • VIP Backstage pass to the pre-party and 1 premium drink ticket
  • Live entertainment by Jim Olsen
  • Meet & Greet with the award winners and sponsors
  • Held in the south end of the Dining Room at Cragun's Resort from 4:00-5:00PM




EVENT SCHEDULE

4:00 - 5:00 PM

  • Backstage Party sponsored by Essentia Health
    • Location: Dining Room (south end) at Cragun's Resort. Enter from the pool area.
    • Invitation only for Presenting Sponsor, Award Sponsors, Diamond Table Sponsors, Award recipients and their guests, and individuals who have purchased Backstage Passes
    • Attendees will receive 1 premium drink ticket
    • Live music by Jim Olsen

4:30 - 5:50 PM

  • Social Hour
    • Cash Bar
    • Appetizers
    • Photo Area
    • Live Band! - 'Klassik All Stars' sponsored by CTC
      • Marc Serani- keyboard
      • Mike Angland- drums
      • Dan Kuhn- guitar
      • Kaitlyn Ledeboer- vocals
      • Dave Selisker- guitar & vocals
      • Mike O'Brien- bass
      • Dwight Nelson- trumpet
      • Mike Sommerness- tenor sax
      • Karla Jensen- vocals

6:00 - 8:30 PM

  • National Anthem
  • Welcome by CLA, Presenting Sponsor
  • Blue Ox Business Academy Class of 2023 Leadership Experience Graduation
  • Invocation by Bob Gerads, Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union
  • Plated Dinner
    • Greens with pear, walnuts and balsamic dressing
    • Dinner rolls with butter
    • Irma's pot roast, mashed potato, honey buttered carrots and craisins
    • Flourless chocolate torte and white chocolate raspberry cheesecake (alternated)
  • Let's Rock the House!
  • Recognition of volunteers, committees, and retiring board members
  • Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award Presentation, Sponsored by Cub Foods
  • Business Excellence Award Presentation, Sponsored by Hy-Tec Construction
  • Business Legacy Award Presentation, Sponsored by RiverWood Bank
  • Thank you for attending





ABOUT THE AWARDS

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber will present three awards at its tenth-annual Celebration of Excellence on November 16th - the traditional Business Excellence Award, which goes to an outstanding local business, the Business Legacy Award, which celebrates individual lifetime achievements as well as community and economic contributions and the Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award which will recognize a small business that personifies the spirit of entrepreneurship in the Brainerd Lakes Area!

For all three awards, a nomination/application process is announced in April 2023. After the deadline passed at the end of May, a volunteer selection committee independently scored and discussed each applicant before choosing the recipients.




PHOTOS FROM 2022 CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE: 'TEAM UP'

VIEW THE ENTIRE PHOTO ALBUM

 

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SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES

Backstage Sponsor: $2,000 

  • Receive a Platinum Record table & dinner for 8
  • Receive backstage passes for 8
  • Logo included with event marketing

LIVE Entertainment Sponsor: $2,500 Help us to Rock the House with a LIVE BAND for the evening!

  • Receive a Gold Record table & dinner for 8
  • Receive backstage passes for 8
  • Logo included with event marketing



TABLE & SEATING OPTIONS

Diamond Record Table: $1,295 

  • Includes a reserved table located in the two rows closest to the stage
  • Plated dinner for 8
  • 1 pre-set bottle of wine or bucket of beer (your choice) at your table
  • Backstage passes for 8

Platinum Record Table: $995 

  • Includes a reserved table located in the 3rd and 4th rows / middle section
  • Plated dinner for 8

Gold Record Table: $795 

  • Includes a reserved table
  • Plated dinner for 8

Rock Star: $89 

  • Includes reserved seating and dinner for 1 individual
  • Reduced fee for Leadership Class of 2023 ($75)

DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS OCTOBER 31, 2024 UNLESS SOLD OUT EARLIER



ADD ONS

Skip the Line and Have Pre-set Bottles of Wine at Your Table: $55

  • Chloe Wine Options-
    • Chardonnay
    • Pinot Grigio
    • Sauvignon Blanc
    • Prosecco
    • Cabernet
    • Merlot
    • Pinot Noir

Skip the Line and Have Pre-set Buckets of Beer at Your Table: $60 / 8 beers

  • Beer options-
    • Coors Light
    • Miller Light
    • Michelob Ultra
    • Jack Pine Brewery
      • Dead Branch Cream Ale
      • Jacktober
      • Blood Orange
      • Raspberry Lemon Hard Tea
    • Roundhouse Brewery
      • Angel Seat Amber Ale
      • Pontoon Ale
      • Boom Lake Lager
      • Jubilee Seltzer

Backstage Pass- $25

  • VIP pass to the pre-party and 1 premium drink ticket

Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake
11000 Cragun's Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401 United States

Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake
Sports Centre
11000 Cragun's Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401

 
Event Contact
Sue Galligan
(218) 822-7119
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Thursday, November 21, 2024 (4:00 PM - 9:00 PM) (CST)
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