The Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry and The Council for Working Women hosted more than 275 people during their annual Martinis, Mistletoe & More event Dec. 2 at the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate’s Victorian Ballroom.
The event kicked off the holiday season with nine local vendors providing holiday cheer with signature drinks to sample as part of a cocktail competition.
Drinks were judged on overall favorite, best presentation and most festive drink.
The competition was close, but in the end, Chicago Street Pub took home the Traveling Martini Trophy for the second year in a row for its Blitzen BlackBerry Smash.
The Joliet Park District took home the prize of Best Presentation for its Carmel Apple Martini and Milano Bakery won Most Festive Drink for its Claus’ Cookie Cocktail.
In addition to the cocktail competition, a large array of appetizers and snacks was provided by the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate.
The event also featured several raffle baskets and its signature Snowman Gift Card Tree, where one winner won more than $1,500 in prizes.
Carlo Isabelli provided holiday music for the event.
Proceeds from the event will support the Joliet Chamber’s Council for Working Women and its scholarship fund.
The scholarship helps working or recently unemployed women attend college to increase their skills to advance in their business field, begin a new career or re-enter the workforce.
Event sponsors included NuMARK Credit Union, DIVAS Salon & Spa, Associated Ortodontists, ComEd, D’Arcy, Busey Bank, Sterk Family Law Firm, The Wengler Law Firm, Servpro, Exxon Mobil, 22nd Century Media, Omnicon Restoration and The Herald-News. Other sponsors provided gift cards for the tree.
Co-chairs of the event were Julia Adamic and Jayme Shaw.
They were aided by the CWW Special Events Committee of Judy Tomasino, Debbie Reed, Amber Holecek, Kathleen Gutierrez, Becki Hackett, Diann Buss, Kelly Baltas and Patti Raspolich.
The Council of Working Women is a division of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
It was developed to establish a forum that will provide professional and business growth opportunities for women, enhance their capabilities and benefit the organizations of businesses they represent.