Curtis to lead Alma Lee Loy Initiative for Chamber

VERO BEACH – Penny Chandler, President of Indian River County Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Bill Curtis will lead the organization in the home stretch of the Alma Lee Loy Building Capital Campaign.

Curtis has been instrumental in the capital campaign as chairman of the Chamber’s board of directors for the past three years and will lead the effort as the Chamber raises the final $100,000 to reach the Chamber’s goal to name the building after Alma Lee Loy. Curtis will replace Jay Hart and Karen Diegl who recently retired from their position as capital campaign chairs.

“Alma Lee has been a prominent business leader and community activist in Indian River County for over six decades,” explained Curtis. “She is a role model and through her example represents the tenets of the Chamber vision to enhance and preserve the economic well-being and quality of life of all citizens in Indian River County.”

Joining Curtis on the capital campaign committee are Tom Corr, George E. Warren, Bob Brackett and Linda Gonzalez, Coldwell Banker.

Alma Lee Loy has been an active leader in the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce for nearly 60 years. Although many community leaders have brought their time, talent and treasure to the Chamber, Alma Lee stands alone in her enduring life-long commitment to the Chamber and the success of the county’s business community. She became active as a Chamber member in the late 1950 and was the first woman to chair the Chamber’s board of directors in 1963. Since the end of 2007, she has served as honorary chairman of the Chamber’s capital campaign.

As honorary chairman of the capital campaign, Alma Lee was instrumental in making it possible for the Chamber to build a new facility, which represents the vision of the Chamber’s leadership for the future of Indian River County – providing an inviting gateway for commerce, an atmosphere in which our business community can be proud, and a place where business will be encouraged to grow and thrive.

Currently in the final phase of the $1.5 million capital campaign, the Chamber has reached $1.4 million in pledges. To date, the lead gift from the Brackett Family Foundation challenge pledge of $125,000 has been matched by more than 11 to one.

To learn more about contributing to the capital campaign contact Emma White, Capital Campaign Manager, Indian River County Chamber of Commerce at 567-3491, ext. 123.

The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce is a four-star Accredited Chamber representing the business community by providing services, benefits and leadership for positive growth and change.

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