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In a blink of an eye, we are approaching the end of a very busy summer. This also means we say "good luck" (never goodbye) to our summer student staff. These young people have brought an enthusiasm and energy to the Chamber that we will all miss. Their knowledge helped create an experience for visitors coming to Butte. They referred visitors to our attractions, restaurants, hotels, dining, shopping, medical facilities, outdoor recreation facilities, automotive, hardware stores, and so much more. Thank you to Sadie Aanstad, Shane Cox, Taylor Tregidga, and Karson McGrath. Also a huge thank you to Hunter Fisk who will continue to be a resource to the Chamber in the next year part time.

Our August included many events. The month started with a ribbon cutting for the new Redline Sports location. Aug. 16 was the annual Chamber/Digger Scholarship Golf Tournament, and this year the tournament was dedicated to the memory of Lee LaBreche. Lee was the head coach of the Montana Tech Golf teams and was a Butte champion at his core. His memory is one that we are honored to be a part of. The ability to raise money for scholarships in his name was a privilege. And just to make sure we were staying on our toes, we followed up the very successful golf tournament with a very successful Brewfest. Thirteen breweries from around Montana gathered at the new pavilion at Stodden Park. Brewers included our three local Butte brewers and one from Colorado. The event was attended by several hundred people of all ages who came out to enjoy music by Chad Okrush and Heather Lingle and great food from our local food trucks: Dish-Ability, Mango's (OMG), and Wicked Q. The Spirit of the Columbia Gardens Carousel gave free rides during the event to all the youth, and there were many other great events and attractions at the park over the weekend.

The Chamber was also happy to help welcome the USS Montana crew members who were visiting Butte in August. The Chamber also helped welcome the new Montana Tech students and did over 300 welcome bags. We love to welcome visitors and new people to Butte.

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We are rolling out the welcome mat to our new Chamber members: The Science Mine, Mark Farrar with Knot Square Design LLC, and Butte America Foundation and KBMF Radio. Thank you for investing in Butte.

As we approach September, we are looking forward to our annual dinner. Save the date, Sept. 19 at the Civic Center. Tickets for a trip raffle are available at The Butte Chamber of Commerce. Purchase yours today, as the winner will be drawn during the annual dinner and can choose from these amazing trips: Napa Valley Backroads and Railways, NCAA Final Four, Tennessee Whiskey Adventure, US Open Golf Tournament, or Ultimate Pro Sports Fan Getaway. Only 250 tickets sold.

For more information on how you can become a Butte Chamber member contact me at marketing@buttechamber.org. We also are active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, so please like us @ButteChamberofCommerce.

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Stephanie Sorini is the executive director of the Butte Chamber of Commerce.

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