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Amy Alford (left), district manager for Princess Cruises, congratulates Linda Bosch of Just Cruises & More.

Amy Alford (left), district manager for Princess Cruises, congratulates Linda Bosch of Just Cruises & More.

Recognized for excellence

Linda Bosch, owner of Just Cruises & More, recently was honored with a Sales Excellence Award from Princess Cruises, in recognition of the company’s status as a top U.S. sales consultant for the cruise line Located at 521 Salt Lick Road in St. Peters, Just Cruises & More also celebrates 24 years of service to the St. Charles County area during 2015.

PEOPLE

B.J. Sonderman has been named manager of Coldwell Banker Gundaker’s Lake Saint Louis/Wentzville office. Sonderman will oversee more than 50 real estate agents in his new role; he is a 13-year veteran of the real estate industry and a former Rookie of the Year honoree.

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St. Johns Bank recently promoted Ken Kozma to senior vice president and chief lending officer. Kozma has been with the bank for more than 17 years; he holds a master’s degree in finance from Lindenwood University and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Michael Lemons also recently joined the bank as a vice president/commercial lender. Lemons  has more than 13 years of commercial lending experience; he holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a master’s degree in business administration from Webster University.

 

PLACES

Crisis Nursery’s annual summer event, the Wine & Martini Soiree, recently took place on historic Main Street in downtown St. Charles. The fundraiser, held at Quintessential Restaurant and Nightlife with owners Jeff and Raegan Parrish serving as honorary event chairs, benefited three St. Charles-area Crisis Nurseries. A total of $11,800 was raised during the evening.

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The Battlegrounds, St. Louis’ only permanent mud run and obstacle course, recently combined a canned food drive to benefit the community with its sixth bi-annual race, collecting 1,027 pounds of food for Operation Food Search. The canned food was sent to Agape Ministry of Warren County, which feeds approximately 1,000 area residents each month at its food pantries located in Warrenton and Wright City.

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In recognition of Military Appreciation Month, the General Motors Foundation recently announced a $1 million grant to Habitat for Humanity to fund homebuilding projects and other initiatives for current and former military service members. Grant funds will be used to build 11 new homes, including one in Wentzville.

 

EVENTS AND NETWORKING

The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce holds a Business After Hours networking event on Tuesday, July 14, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at BMO Harris Bank WingHaven, 3001 WingHaven Blvd. in O’Fallon. Appetizers and drinks will be provided at this free event. Register online at www.ofallonchamber.org; for information, call Sara Henderson at 636-240-1818.

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The Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce sponsors its July Lunch & Learn event on Tuesday, July 14, from noon-1 p.m. at Hwy. 40 Brews, located at 909 Main Plaza Drive in Wentzville. Attendees pay for their own lunch. To register, call Tony Mathews at (636) 327-6914 or email info@westernstcharlescountychamber.com.

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The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce holds a July Business After Hours and 75th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, July 16, from 4-8 p.m. at the chamber office, 2201 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles. For information, contact Lori Tainter at 636-946-0633.

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