The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce is an official drop-off location for the Holiday Shoe Box for Seniors program.

This is a program in which you can fill a wrapped shoe box with gifts that will be delivered to needy seniors of our community. The senior community is a segment of our population that too often gets overlooked or forgotten.

For many of our seniors, they have invested their life savings to live and retire in North Port. Many of them live on a fixed income and struggle daily with the increasing cost of living. The deadline to donate to the Holiday Shoe Box for Seniors is Friday, Dec. 14. I would like to ask you to support this worthwhile program and our senior community and make your donation today.

The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce is an official drop-off location for the Holiday Toys for Tots program. This program is being sponsored by the Marine Corps League, Detachment 948. The chamber would like to encourage the community to donate a new, unwrapped toy at the chamber office so that these toys can be distributed to those less fortunate than us.

A special request is made for donation of batteries that can be used with the toys. Please help the chamber bring the joy of the holiday season to deserving children and families. All donations are requested to be delivered to the chamber office by Friday, Dec. 14.

The North Port Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the city of North Port will present its 2018-19 budget to the chamber’s Government Relations Committee meeting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 on the second floor Community Room at the Sarasota Memorial Emergency Room, located at 2345 Bobcat Village Center Road in North Port.

North Port City Manager Peter Lear will present the breakdown of the revenue and expenses in the 2018-19 budget for the city of North Port. This committee meeting is open to all chamber members and to the public. Coffee, water and doughnuts will be provided.

The chamber will be holding its annual Holiday Social from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club (formerly Bobcat Trail Golf Club) in North Port.

This is a great opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with your fellow chamber members and to help support those less fortunate as we collect new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Corp League Detachment 948 Toys for Tots Program.

The Holiday Social is a great opportunity to offer a low-cost benefit to your employees and recognize the hard work that they provide to you and your business. The cost is $20 per person or $35 per couple and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages and entertainment. A cash bar will be available. Word has it that there will be a special appearance by Santa Claus.

Chamber members and the public are invited to attend the annual Awards Banquet to be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at Heron Creek Golf & Country Club.

All nominees and winners of the 2018 Business-of-the-Year and the annual Frosty Award will be announced and all committee members that volunteered over the past year will be recognized.

The cost is $25 per person and includes a plated ham or turkey lunch and beverages. Table sponsorships are available for $250 (includes: seating for eight people) and ½ table sponsorships for $150 (includes seating for four people) and includes: recognition in the program, verbal recognition and a special table sponsor sign.

Come join us as we recognize the nominated and winning businesses for their accomplishments and success. Space is limited, so register for the luncheon now.

The chamber would like to welcome Pregnancy Solutions as a new member of the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, please call the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce office at 941-564-3040 or visit the website at www.northportareachamber.com.

Bill Gunnin is the executive director of the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce and can be reached at 941-564-3040 or email at wgunnin@northportareachamber.com.

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