Tickets available for event at Castle Creek


IMLAY CITY — The Imlay City Chamber of Commerce Gala will honor the winners of this year’s Citizen of the Year, Organization of the Year and Merit Award.

The Gala will be held on March 9, at Castle Creek Golf Club, 5191 Lum Road, Attica. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at Backyard Creations, 593 N. Cedar Street, Imlay City or by phone at 810-542-3256.

Barb Yockey presented Citizen of the Year Award to Teresa Richey at last year’s Gala.

Chamber Director, Chris Bishop says they are expecting a big turnout, so purchase tickets before they sell out. Come out and enjoy an evening of honoring this year’s award winners, dinner and dancing. Bishop encourages attendees to dress semi-formal.

Entertainment for the evening provided by The Ryan Group’s very own Travis Alexander, providing a vast variety of music for all ages so put on those dancing shoes. Dinner catered by Bryan’s Market in North Branch.

In advance of the event, winners of various categories have been announced.

Citizen of the Year:
Lisa Super

Lisa is one of a kind. She never thinks of herself. She is always willing to help in any place that she can and she has so much pride for her community.

She is part of a successful family owned nursery that has served our community since 1978. They donate their time and products to many organizations in our community.

Of the winner, Bishop commented, “Lisa doesn’t think twice when asked for help. Her help with the Imlay City Summer Fest in 2023 was absolutely needed and appreciated. She stepped in to help in multiple areas of the festival because I needed her help. She knew how little help there was, and she did a phenomenal job. She went above and beyond, and her kindness to me will stay with me. She never asked how long it would be or how hard, just what more could she do.”

Bishop says Super is a community prayer organizer who finds time to lead a bible study at the Christian Reformed Church as well as praying at the township meetings. She includes all of the board and those who attend the meetings and also the residents of this great community.

Bishop says Super is always looking forward to a bright future and is a constant source of positivity. “Lisa is a huge community supporter and loves our community. The pride she has for all of us and our town shows in everything that she does”, Bishop concluded.

Organization of the Year:
Imlay City Eagles Auxiliary

The Auxiliary hosts many events to give back to the community and to help those in need.

Offering free haircuts for Veterans, scholarships for students. During the holiday season they offer a hat and mitten tree, food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas and a toy drive for the kids. The Auxiliary has also donated to the Lapeer County Foster Care, the Child Advocacy of Lapeer County and Hawkeye’s Animal Rescue.

They have held blood drives, benefits for those in need and also offer low cost funeral luncheon options. The Imlay City Eagles Auxiliary is a great example of how to help and give back.

Merit Award:
Josh Henley

Imlay City High School’s very own Principal, Josh Henley is the recipient of this year’s Merit Award. Mr. Henley started the fishing team at Imlay City, drawing in over 35 students, creating new friendships and developing common interest for students outside of regular school.

He is also one of the driving forces behind a new trap shoot team that is in the early stages of forming. Henley had his hand in helping the Imlay City High School Outdoors Club start an archery program. He became certified to operate the school’s archery program.

Bishop commented, “Henley volunteers his personal time to serve on the Inaugural Imlay City School District Safety Committee, a group that was created in 2022 to work with parents and school leadership to ensure the safety of all students and staff throughout the district. He has a passion for connecting with the high school students, where he finds the importance in developing relationships and has built trust with the students.”

Other nominees for Citizen of the Year were Jim Schoonover, owner of Vintech Industries and Third and Main Event Center, both located in Imlay City. Bruce Milnes, owner of Milnes Chevrolet in Imlay City. Gjon Marku, owner of BombBurgers and Breakfast in Imlay City. , Drake McComb, HealthQuest Physical Therapy-Imlay City was a Merit Award nominee while other nominees for Organization of the Year were Imlay City American Legion Auxiliary.

For more information or to sponsor this event, contact Chamber Director, Chris Bishop at 810-542-3256 or by email at