270+ attend Chamber of Commerce Mardi Gras Ball
More than 270 guests attended Saturday’s Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce Mardi Gras Ball and Awards Reception, enjoying a night of dinner, dancing, recognition and celebration at the Abingdon Ruritan Club, Bena, according to a chamber release.
The Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce celebrated 2016 local business and nonprofit accomplishments, recognized nominees, and presented awards to five winners. New Orleans cuisine was provided by Chef Keyvan and Isabelle Behnam of Lulu Birds Kitchen, Chef Juan Carrillo of Juan’s Mexican Café and Cantina, Chef Beau Felder of Gumbeau’s, and Pastry Chef Crystal Burton of Sweet Tooth Café & Bakery. The Dixieland and Jazz Ensemble “Good Shot Judy” provided the evening’s entertainment.
During remarks, chamber president Aaron Candella of Grand Rental Station said that, “as the owner of a small business in Gloucester, I had a million excuses about why I didn’t have enough time to serve as chamber president. Fairly quickly, however, I realized that I could not afford to miss the opportunity to serve such an amazing group.” He added, “Throughout the many chamber-sponsored events, business after hours, educational seminars and volunteer opportunities we have offered this year, I have seen firsthand that being an active chamber member is the most cost-effective marketing tool available to local small businesses.”
Executive director Gloria Mazzella Williams encouraged the audience to give input to and participate in the Gloucester Chamber. “As a chamber member and business owner, I understand the struggles that you face,” she said. “But each business and organization here has a unique perspective. We want to harness those perspectives, and use our collective voices to promote our community. Together, we can increase our positive impact. We are excited about the future: The chamber is moving and growing, and we are proud to be a small part of your team.”
Candella and Williams thanked current and outgoing board members for their service to the organization.