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Message from the CEO – March 

This month’s edition features our Annual Membership Awards and Gala held at the fabulous Gallo Center for the Arts. It is a real honor to host this event that honors and recognizes our finest volunteers, recognizes outstanding businesses and highlights individuals to continue to give back to our community. As mentioned previously, it was our great pleasure to honor Bob and Marie Gallo for their lifetime of dedication to our Great City of Modesto.

Congratulations to Brian McDermott Ambassador of the Year, Welcome Team Member, Jay Harvey; Leadership Modesto Graduate Elliot Begoun; NonProfit Sierra Vista Child and Family Services; Small Business, Datapath; Excellence in Education, Tom Changnon; Distinguished Service, Stephen Madison; Chamber Member of the Year, Steve Rank; and Bob and Marie Gallo, who won the Citizen of the Year/Lifetime Achievement Award. Thank you to these recognized leaders that help make Modesto the great community that it is. When you see these winners, please congratulate them and thank them for their contribution.

We also want to thank the great restaurants and food and drink providers that participated to help make this an outstanding evening. The restaurants are: Commonwealth, Do Good Distillery, Fiscalini Cheese Company, Galletto Ristorante, Gallo Wine Company, Greens on Tenth, Guayabitos Restaurant, Institute of Technology, My Chef Restaurant and Catering, Orient House, Papapavlo’s Bistro Ristorante/Famiglia Bistro Ristorante/Papapolloni Bistro, Rodin Ranch Farmers’ Market, Uno Chicago Grill, Village Baking Company & Café, Vito’s Ristorante, and Varni/7up/Noah’s Water and DBI Beverages . We received a number of compliments on our program guide that featured the restaurants that provide food at the Gala and consequently we are planning to develop a restaurant and hosopitably guide.

Our next large event is our 21st annual Ag Aware event coming up on April 15 to be held at Modesto Junior College from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be obtained at the Modesto Chamber at 209.577.5757 or by visiting our website ModChamber.org. Join us and over 500 of Modesto’s prominent agricultural and community leaders to raise funds for Modesto-area Future Farmers of America programs in our local schools. Proceeds from the Ag Aware Luncheon benefit Modesto area FFA chapters who will be the next generation of leaders in the area’s most prominent industry. We expect this to be a sold-out event so get your table sponsorships or individual tickets now.

As most of you know by now, mayoral candidate Ted Brandvold, endorsed by the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, won the runoff election against the incumbent finishing with 58 percent of the vote. Ted Brandvold, an architect and owner of Commercial Architecture, an avowed non-politician, ran on a platform of more citizen involvement in local government, collaboration with other local governments, neighboring communities, and fiscal responsibility. Ted has pledged to review the city budget line by line in order to identify excess revenue which may be used to prioritize spending for public safety needs. Ted joins newly elected council members Kristi Ah You, Doug Ridenour, and Mani Grewal who were elected in November (pictured below). We look forward to working with our new mayor and the entire city council to help bring more jobs and prosperity to our entire community. The ultimate goal is to provide a better quality of life for all that choose to live in Stanislaus County.

By Cecil Russell, Chamber President and CEO

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