, Newburyport, MA

October 11, 2012

Amesbury earns rave reviews for Fireball Run

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

On Friday, Sept. 28, as many people are aware, the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce in partnership with The Provident Bank hosted the Fireball Run 2012: Northern Exposure as a “Passage Control” stop. We had an amazing turnout despite the pouring rain and had nothing but rave reviews from the participants of the run and the production team.

The team at the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce is grateful to the many people who helped put this event together and those who came out to stand in the rain and cheer for their city and the wonderful cause that the Fireball Run supports, recovering America’s Missing Children.

First and foremost, our Platinum Sponsor – The Provident Bank! Thank you, thank you, we cannot thank you enough for your generosity in making this event possible for Amesbury.

I would also like to thank the Amesbury Hat Museum and its staff members, Peter Bryant and Suzanne Cote, for participating in this event. Although, most of the crowd was not able to see this take place (yet — we hope to see video of it in the future!), the hat museum served as the “mission” for the rally participants. They had to find it and take a picture with their Amesbury hat on. We hope that between the exposure from Fireball Run and Amesbury’s recent “Chronicle” appearance that the historical treasures of Amesbury continue to get the recognition and love that they deserve.

The Amesbury Chamber of Commerce would also like to thank: Rep. Mike Costello for procuring the $10,000 MOTT grant from the Massachusetts Department of Travel and Tourism on the Chamber’s behalf; ARC Technologies; Seaport Signworks; Shaheen Brothers; Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank; Healey, Deshaies, Gagliardi & Woelfel, PC; Gould Insurance; Bartley Machine and Manufacturing; Turner Motorsport: Parts and Performance for BMW’s; German Autosport; LeBaron Bonney; Stoneridge Properties; Xfinity; Ovedia Artisan Chocolates; Amesbury Towing Company; Jackson Lumber.

We would also like to thank the following local restaurants for their generous time and effort for putting on what the drivers described as the best lunch in the history of this project.Of course, we will include Karen Cook and Rosie Werner for making the lunch area so beautiful and organized. They are: Ale House and Barking Dog, Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury Sports Park, Flatbread Company, Good Gracious! Goodies and more, Phat Cats, Restaurant Molise, Maggie Sundae, Cherry Bomb Ice Cream.

Thank you to our VIP’s for taking time out of their busy schedules to represent this community: Congressmen John Tierney; Mayor Thatcher Kezer; The Provident Bank President and CEO Charlie Cullen; former Mayor Nick Costello.

Thank you to Bart Bailey for providing his electric car and carriage.

The team at Amesbury Community Television, Russ Monroe, Tony Noon, Pat Clifford and special guest Andrew Ghezzi, you truly went above and beyond.

We were so happy to have the Molly Bish center from Anna Maria College be a part of this event performing their Child ID program.

We also want to express endless gratitude to all the city officials, the mayor, the Amesbury Police Department, the Department of Public Works and again the countless volunteers and blood, sweat and tears that went into this event being such a wonderful success.

A very heartfelt thank-you to Win Damon and Amesbury’s biggest cheerleader, Peter Hoyt. Thank you gentlemen for braving the elements and hosting such a wonderful day.

And last, but certainly not least, I want to thank the chamber staff and committee Chairman Matt Sherrill for their countless hours, dedication and hard work to make this happen.

There are truly not enough words in the thesaurus to express the amount of thanks required for all the people that came together for this. Amesbury truly showed what a wonderful community it is and we are so happy to be a part of it.

Melissa Lachance

Executive director, Amesbury Chamber of Commerce