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- Alton resident presented Living Legends Award
- Economic development course series starts March 1
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- CNB Bank & Trust announces new financial advisor
- SIUE implements reverse transfer credit program with LCCC
- Divine Immanence LLC, Maryville beauty supply business, opens
Greater Gateway Realtors donate to food pantries
GLEN CARBON — The Greater Gateway Association of Realtors donated $7,400 to local food pantries, as a result of the Taste of GGAR event held this fall at the Moose Lodge in Edwardsville.
The organizations assisted through this effort were the Bond County Food Pantry, Collinsville Food Pantry, Community Hope Center (Cottage Hills), Crisis Food Center (Alton), Litchfield Food Pantry, Livingston/Williamson Community, Maryville Food Pantry, Ministries Unlimited (Troy), New Creation Food Pantry (Granite City), and Staunton Food Pantry.
The event was sponsored by the Affiliate Business Partners with music provided by DJ Scott Gruber.
The Greater Gateway Association of Realtors serves 1,100 Realtor and affiliate members in the southwestern Illinois region including the counties of Bond, Calhoun, Fayette, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, and Montgomery.
RiverBend Growth Association announces new members
GODFREY — RiverBend Growth Association has announced its newest members:
• Confluence Business Advisors – Alton
• Paychex, Inc. – Alton
The Growth Association is the chamber of commerce and economic development organization for the 11 communities known as the River Bend. Visit www.growthassociation.com or call (618) 467-2280.
Santa gives back this holiday season at Gateway Classic Cars
O’FALLON, Ill. — Gateway Classic Cars will join forces Saturday, Dec. 3, with Firetruck O’ Toys, a charitable organization, to help make children’s wishes come true this holiday season.
Visitors to Gateway can join in by bringing a new unwrapped gift to stuff the fire truck full of gifts. The location is 1237 Central Park Drive, O’Fallon. With the donation, people gain free admission to the event, which features more than 100 classic cars, vendors, hors d’oeuvres, face painting, live portraits, pianist selection and more. Guests will have the opportunity to take photos with Santa.
Saturday’s events are planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Specific events through the day:
11 a.m. - Looking Glass Corvette Car Show (Expo Hall A)
12 p.m. - Presentation to charity and press conference (under TVs)
1 p.m. - Performance by O’Fallon Township High School Drumline (under TVs)
2 p.m - Pianist ends (showroom holiday music, starts 10 a.m.)
Fire Truck O’Toys is a St. Louis nonprofit committed to donating toys to children in area hospitals. The goal is to deliver 5,000 toys to five St. Louis Children’s hospitals for the holidays.
Attendees get to experience one of the world’s largest show rooms offered by Gateway Classic Cars, which also has locations include Louisville, Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Tampa, Houston, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Nashville, Dallas Fort Worth and Milwaukee.
The showroom is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday. The Saint Louis headquarters facility consists of 196,000 square feet of space showcasing classic/collector/exotic cars and trucks.
‘White Christmas’ Sing-Along returns to the Wildey on Dec. 17
EDWARDSVILLE — The Friends of the Wildey Theatre will present the annual “White Christmas” Sing-Along at the historic theater in downtown Edwardsville on Saturday, Dec. 17.
The Friends of the Wildey will host two showings of this 1954 classic film (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) on Dec. 17. Guests will have the opportunity to see the movie as it was meant to be enjoyed, on the Wildey’s big screen and are encouraged to sing along to timeless holiday favorites such as “Snow,” “Sisters,” “Count Your Blessings,” and of course “White Christmas.”
Audience members can also participate in Christmas movie trivia for prizes prior to both shows. Trivia begins in the auditorium at 1:30 p.m. for the 2 p.m. matinee and 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show. All guests will receive a free goodie bag filled with special props to use during the movie.
Tickets for the event are $15 for adults, $10 for high school students and younger and are available online at www.wildeytheatre.com or by calling (618) 307-1750.
All proceeds benefit the Wildey Theatre.