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April Chamber Luncheon at Best Friends Roadhouse

An absolutely gorgeous spring day greeted attendees at the chamber’s April luncheon. Best Friends Roadhouse had the mercantile windows open to the sunshine and warm breezes as more than 40 members, visitors, and guests arrived.

The crowd gathers at Best Friends Roadhouse & Mercantile.

The chamber’s monthly lunch gatherings are open to the public, free for members, and $10 for non-members. Thank you to Best Friend’s Angel Village Café, who provided a delicious lunch of vegetarian lasagna, corn on the cob, and ambrosia.

One new member joined the chamber in March – JG Properties. Renewing members included

Also in attendance were Adobe Realty, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Best Friends Animal Society, Burro Flats High Desert Lodge, Citywide Home Loans, Cliffview Chapel, Eagle Gate Title, Hampton Inn, Happy Horse & Dog Pet Resort, Healing Strong, Kane County, Kane County Hospital, My Zion Vacation, Next Wave Impact, Once Upon a Time in America Museum, Rascal Rodeo, Realty One Distinction, Sight to Soul Photography, Small Business Development Center, Southern Utah News, Sunny Creek Coffee, and Utah State University.

Left to right:

  • New chamber board member Nicholas Meyeres and Best Friend's Patty Hegwood.

  • New chamber board member Aspen Gatchell and local realtor Brenda Battista.

  • Cliffview Chapel's Pastor Doug Hounshell and Kane County Commissioner Wade Heaton.

Julie Barger, Best Friends Director of Visitor Experience, opened the meeting with a overview of the Roadhouse’s past year, which included several statewide awards for excellence and record visitor numbers. Barger also noted that free tours of the Best Friends Sanctuary can now be scheduled from the Roadhouse.

Next, Arlyn Bradshaw, Best Friends Senior Advisor for Community Relations, spoke about the organization’s national programs, statewide lifesaving efforts, and community contributions, followed by Bart Battista, Senior Directory of Canyon Operations, describing the organization’s expanded RV park facilities and new dog lodges.

Judah Battista, Chief Sanctuary Officer, wrapped up the presentation by pointing out that although Best Friends is a national organization, Kanab is where its heart is. Good neighbors and local support make the city more than a location – they make it a home.

Upcoming events - save the dates:

  • Chamber Luncheon at Kane County Water Conservancy on May 9

  • Chamber Breakfast at Parry Lodge on May 14

  • Future Ready Utah’s free “Unlock the Power of Great Management” on May 15


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