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2016 Re-Cap

January 4, 2017

2016 was quite the year for the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce… and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

From the very beginning of 2016, our Chamber calendar was packed with luncheons, ribbon cuttings, networking events, Vestavia Hills Living planning and much more. Below, you’ll find a quick peak at some of our favorite events from 2016… We hope to see you at some in 2017!

IMG_6990In April, we held our 26th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast where Elizabeth “Liz” Huntley shared her testimony of perseverance and tenacity to a crowd of over 450 attendees. After the breakfast, Huntley sold and autographed her book, More Than a Bird, and donated a portion of the book’s proceeds to the Alabama School Readiness Alliance and Children’s Village of Birmingham.DSCN0322

Shortly after Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast came one of our oldest and favorite events- the I Love America Summer Celebration held on June 30th. We had a record number of attendees come to Wald Park to enjoy a fun-filled evening of free swim, children’s activities, inflatables, games, a business expo, a concert of patriotic tunes performed by the Shades Mountain Baptist Orchestra AND a viewing of “Minions.”

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We narrowly escaped a huge rainstorm throughout the city to hold our last event of summer 2016- our 3rd annual Back 2 School in the Hills at Oliver Square! Between rides, inflatables, games, a business expo, a photo booth and “The Peanuts Movie,” this event was the perfect way to kick off another Vestavia Hills City Schools year.
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In hopes of bringing Vestavia Hills together as a community, we hosted our second annual Helping Hands in the Hills community service day in September of 2016. Early on a Saturday morning, we dispersed over 300 volunteers throughout the city to lend “helping hands” to those in our community who most needed it.
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Of course, we couldn’t forget about our beloved Viva Vestavia XIV. On October 27, our 14th annual Viva Vestavia wine and food fare was held at Hollywood Pools. This wasn’t just a night of fun, costumes and delicious food and drinks though. Proceeds from Viva Vestavia went to the Vestavia Hills Chamber Foundation which helps the economic development in the city, along with two scholarships awarded to VHHS Senior, Alyssa Mueller and William Snell.
We couldn’t have held any of the previously listed events, and more un-listed, without the help and support of our many sponsors. Thank you to all who sponsored our events, helped set up and tear down these events and to all those attended! It’s because of you that our city is “A Life Above.”
We’re thrilled to celebrate another year with our members and residents. Welcome, 2017!