The owners of Club Scrap in Greenville were honored Friday for their contribution to the local tourism industry at the annual Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau named recipients of the annual Fox Cities Tourism Awards Breakfast.
Dinah Mueller and Tricia Morris of Club Scrap received the Convention Award. Club Scrap designs, assembles, packages and ships innovative scrapbooking kits to customers all over the country. They hold fast to a philosophy of offering customers the opportunity to discover unexplored areas of their own creativity. One of the ways they make that happen is to host scrapbooking retreats at Fox Cities hotels, attracting crafters from around the country. They add Club Scrap tours, elaborate dinners, massages and shopping expeditions to their workshops as well, spreading visitor spending all around the community. Club Scrap hosts two or three events each year, generating in an estimated 600 room nights annually. Over the years these creative and fun events have added up to a large economic impact for the Fox Cities.
The sports award was presented to Scott Sawinski, a section coordinator for USA Ultimate. “Ultimate” is a competition centered around a flying disc, often called by the trademark name “Fresbee.” Sawinski was instrumental in bringing three of these lively tournaments to the Fox Cities in 2010, all of them held at the USA Youth Sports Complex. The three events, which took place in April, May and October, attracted 2,100 participants and generated 550 Fox Cities roomnights.
The Fox Cities Sports Authority, which has a charitable arm affiliated with the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, received the Partnership Award. The Fox Cities Sports Authority pledged $60,000 a year over a three-year period to bring the Badger State Summer Games to the Fox Cities. The games were held here in 2009 and 2010, and will be here again June 17-19 and 24-26 of 2011. More than 10,000 athletes from around the State of Wisconsin have participated in the games in the Fox Cities during the last two years.
The Destination Builder Award was presented to Lawrence University. The college attracts a number of visitors during the year who spend lots of tourism dollars by staying in hotels, shopping and eating in restaurants. Lawrence also serves as host for the NCAA Division III Baseball Championships which attracts more than 6,000 players, fans and families from throughout the country.