Committee Says ByronFest 2013 a Success

BYRON (WIFR) -- Byron-area charitable groups earned about $30,000 in profits by participating in ByronFest 2013, the ByronFest Steering Committee announced.

“We are thrilled to be able to give back to these charitable groups working so hard at revitalizing and building a stronger community,” ByronFest Manager, Sarah Downs, said.

The 14 charitable groups that participated in the three day event sold specialty food and drink items, and conducted games and activities which not only helped them raise funds, but also helped to inform the community about their mission. Their participation also provides excellent service opportunities for Byron’s young people.

The ByronFest Steering Committee is also extending its thanks to the 400 volunteers who spent over 1,000 hours in making ByronFest the largest music and family fun festival in the area.

“Our volunteers, Byron area businesses, community members, numerous financial sponsors, plus the many organizations that provide in-kind sponsorships, are so important and need credit for getting this festival off the ground and running,” said Downs.

The purpose of ByronFest is to encourage and promote tourism in the Byron area by showcasing the community and business district through an annual festival. The event draws approximately 35,000 local residents and visitors to the downtown area each year. At the same time, ByronFest serves as a fundraiser for the Byron Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is a non-profit organization that provides its members with networking and advertising opportunities, a business referral service, and numerous other benefits. The Chamber also serves as a point of contact for residents, prospective residents, and visitors to the community who request information about the area.

Because of the generous in-kind donations of many area organizations and the cash donations from the business community, ByronFest 2013 generates needed funds for the Chamber. Profits are used to support the Byron Chamber to cover annual operating expenses and to support the many services the chamber offers to its members and the community. The Chamber relies solely on member dues and its own fundraising efforts for annual operating expenses.

If you would like to become involved in the planning of ByronFest 2014, scheduled for July 11, 12 and 13, or you would like more information on the Byron Area Chamber of Commerce, call the Chamber office at 815-234-5500.

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