Message from the CEO
We are very thankful for all of the rain that we have received this season. We welcome more rain to support our very important agricultural economy. The experts are stating that we are still not out of the drought; however they are also stating that the farmers will get more water this season. Whether the additional water supply will support the farmers on the west side to plant some of the land that has been fallowed is still to be determined. The additional water will also help improve our parks and schools parched conditions.
Speaking of agriculture, our 21st Annual Ag Aware Luncheon event is coming up Friday, Apr. 15 at the Modesto Junior College ACE Pavilion. This event continues to raise funds for Modesto area schools FFA programs. There is still time to sponsor and/or buy tables for this event. Contact the Chamber today! Additional events coming up include Earth Day in the Park Apr. 23, Lemonade Day May 21. Lemonade Day this year is coordinated by Datapath. Contact Datapath for more information on sponsorships, 209.300.7333.
We have had many new businesses opening and joining with the Chamber in the last few months: 209 Magazine, Block Advisors, The Century, Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, Core Transformations, Custom Casino Events, Darroch Brain and Spine Institute of Doctors Medical Center, Deli Delicious, Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living-DRAIL, Do-Good Distillery, Guayabitos Restaurant, HealthSouth Rehabilitation of Modesto, The Intertwine Group, LLC, Kiwanis Club of Modesto, Kurios Energy, Legal Shield/ID Shield, MS West Enterprises DBA Certified Collision Center, North Modesto Kiwanis, Ontel Security Services, Inc., The Park, Primerica, R.A. McDonald Company, Rita’s Italian Ice, and Sylvan Union School District.
We had the pleasure of introducing the opening of the Darroch Brain and Spine institute of Doctors Medical Center. Warren Kirk, CEO of Doctors Medical Center stated at the opening that this was state of the art treatment for brain and spine patients. He also introduced the three neurosurgeons that will run the institute. We are very fortunate to have their quality of care here in Modesto. We also have a new rehabilitation hospital, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Modesto, that will open. It is located on the corner of Mable and Coffee. They will have approximately 120 new full-time employees and will offer much needed additional services for our area.
We want to thank Sysco for the hosting and sponsoring of the Empty Bowls event that raised over $150,000 for Second Harvest. Steve Madison, Steve Rank, both Modesto Chamber Board Members, and I attended and it was a great event. Thank you to Liz Aspray, President of Sysco, for the invitation.
Please join the Connecting for Good Event to be held Thursday Apr. 28th 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Modesto Centre Plaza. This is the third annual event, come and you will learn how to create solutions for problems that seem too big to solve. This is a ticketed event and you may register: connectingforgood2016.eventbrite.com. This event is sponsored by Stanislaus Community Foundation, United Way, City Ministry Network, Prime Shine Foundation, American Leadership Forum and the City of Modesto. Come and find out how you can help improve the quality of life for all in Modesto.
By Cecil Russell, Chamber President and CEO