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Alton Main Street plans partnership drive, appreciation party

ALTON — Alton Main Street, an organization that strives to cultivate commerce, culture and community, is now holding its 2017 partnership drive to gather support from citizens and business owners who would like to help Downtown Alton progress.

The organization is hosting an appreciation party for its volunteers and partners on Thursday, Jan. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bluff City Grill, 424 E. Broadway. Appearing will be comedian and emcee DeAnna Jarrell Massie, who trained with renowned improv comedy troupe “Second City” in Chicago. There will be a brief program around 6 p.m., including a roast of Sara McGibany to celebrate her 10 years as executive director of the organization. Guests will enjoy an appetizer and dessert buffet, meet the incoming board of directors, celebrate last year’s successes and learn how to get involved in the renewal of historic Downtown.

Annual dues can be paid at the door with cash, check or charge, or the partnership application can be downloaded at where there is a link to PayPal. Checks can be mailed to AMS at 219 Piasa St. – Suite 2B Alton, IL 62002. Dues for businesses are $100, families may contribute by donating $50, and individuals can make an impact by pledging a gift of $25.

“I originally applied for this position because after moving back to my hometown after a number of years away I could clearly see the potential in Alton,” said Executive Director Sara McGibany, “My favorite part of my job is helping people put their talents to good use in order to make our community a great place to live.” By connecting with the Main Street program, residents and business owners can play a major role in elevating the entire region. Each contribution of volunteer time or financial support helps enhance our community in a variety of ways.

Main Street projects have included the Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market, Mississippi Earthtones Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony, among many others. The organization depends on financial resources and volunteer manpower from citizens and businesses in order to provide many free events.

Visit for dates and details of the entire 2017 event series and more information on the organization.

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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