Event- The Mayor’s Appreciation Breakfast

The Columbia City Council and Mayor Bob McDavid were honored for their service to the city at the  annual Mayor’s Appreciation Breakfast on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The breakfast, which took place the Frontier Conference Center at Stoney Creek Inn, had more than 200 people in attendance.

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce hosts the event with the help of a variety of sponsors, including State Farm Insurance and the Boone County Hospital. Vicki Russell, chair of the Board of Directors and editor at the Columbia Daily Tribune, emceed the event.

Professor of medicine in cardiovascular research Dr. Greg Flaker introduced McDavid to the gathering,  alternately thanking him for his dedication and ribbing him. Flaker lauded McDavid for his active community appearances and going above and beyond the obligations of the job. In addition, Flaker jokingly cited staying awake through the City Council meetings and changing Columbia Transit buses from KU colors to MU colors as some of the mayor’s greatest achievements.

McDavid thanked his staff and other city workers for their ability to work together.

“It’s a pleasure to see all of these activities coming together to create an even greater town,” McDavid said.

McDavid and all six Council members were awarded gift certificates to the Perche Creek golf club.

This year’s celebration was golf-themed in honor of Mayor McDavid’s love for the sport. Each table was decorated with golf balls and tees on a bed of astro turf. The theme continued into the lobby of the conference center where guests were invited to participate in a game of Wii golf.

Russel, who emceed the event, said that she won the Wii golf tournament. Mayor McDavid made parr.

Russel said that the breakfast is an important event because it recognizes Columbia’s elected officials for their dedication to the city and hard work.

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