Around Town | The 9th Annual Patriots Luncheon
The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the City of Santa Clarita, hosted the 9th Annual Patriots Luncheon: an event honoring local veterans for their service to our nation and leadership in our business community.
The 2019 honorees (listed alphabetically) are:
· Mario Aquilani, US Army – World War II
· Ronald Boudreaux, US Army – Vietnam War
· Jack Crawford, US Army – Vietnam War
· David Jackson, US Army– Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom
· Michael Reyes, US Army – Operation Iraqi Freedom
· Toshiaki Watanabe, US Army – Korean War
· Gretchen Zovak, US Army Intelligence– Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Bøllebank UN Mission
“We are proud of this year’s honorees having been selected from a large pool of excellent community nominations,” said Nancy Starczyk, Chair of Board of Directors for the SCV Chamber of Commerce. “The Patriots Luncheon recognizes veterans who have not only sacrificed for this country, but also serve our Valley’s business community.”
Veterans were nominated by both chamber members and local residents and then selected by a committee composed of veterans and business leaders.
“The Luncheon is a truly unique opportunity to show our respect for those whose service at the community and national level brings so much good into our lives: service that sometimes goes unrecognized,” said Ivan Volschenk, Managing Partner at Evolve Business Strategies. “We hope community members consider spending the afternoon with us as we honor the impact of these extraordinary individuals.”
This year’s title sponsor is Andy Gump. Additional sponsors include the City of Santa Clarita, FivePoint, Princess Cruises, Wells Fargo, Bayless Manufacturing, The Signal, KHTS Hometown Station, Chiquita Canyon, American Family Funding, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Eternal Valley Memorial, SCV Veteran’s Memorial Inc. and FastFrame.
ABOUT THE SANTA CLARITA VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is the largest business membership organization in the Santa Clarita Valley representing more than 65,000 member employees. The Chamber serves as “The Voice of Business” working as the SCV’s leading business advocacy organization in the third largest city in the County of Los Angeles. Founded in 1923, the Chamber works to advocate for, educate and connect the business community.