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Flash mob highlights annual chamber gala (W/PHOTO GALLERY)

Merrill Community Arts Center surprised guests with a flash mob performance of “Don’t Stop Believin’.” (Staff photos by Riham Feshir)1 / 6
The audience gets moving to the beat of “Don’t Stop Believin’” as Woodbury Community Theater members perform the song flash mob style.2 / 6
Additional musical performances entertained guests through the cocktail hour.3 / 6
Attendees pose for photos at the gala Friday.4 / 6
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Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Tuccitto Warren speaks to chamber members during the gala.6 / 6

It was a fun-filled evening for Woodbury Area Chamber members and a special one for citizen, business, educator and nonprofit of the year awards recipients.

 The annual Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce awards gala was held Friday, Jan. 24, at the Prom Center, where a surprise performance took place, attendees participated in a silent auction and award recipients were recognized.

A coordinated flash mob performance, set to the Journey song “Don’t Stop Believin’” and orchestrated by Merrill Community Arts Center Director Michelle Witte, kicked off the awards ceremony.

Woodbury businessman Jack Lanners was named Citizen of the Year, Minuteman Press was awarded Business of the Year and Lake Middle School eighth-grade school counselor Robin Kazek received the Educator of the Year award. A new award, Nonprofit of the Year, went to Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.