VERO BEACH — The community is invited to join the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, November 30 at a celebration to mark the dedication and unveiling of its Alma Lee Loy Building, located in downtown Vero Beach. The event will also mark the culmination of a $1.5 million capital campaign to build the new Chamber building that opened in March 2009.
“Alma Lee was the first woman president of the Chamber and first woman to be elected to the office of County Commissioner,” explained Linda Schlitt Gonzales, chairman of Indian River County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “As a respected community leader, government leader, downtown merchant for over 40 years, and fundraiser and leader for countless nonprofit organizations, it is fitting to name the Chamber’s building in her honor as she is truly ‘the first lady of Indian River County’ and the embodiment of what makes our a community a great place to live and work.”
Alma Lee will greet guests at a welcome reception from 8 to 8:40 a.m. at the Heritage Center on 14th Avenue. The Indian River County Charter High School Jazz Band will provide entertainment. Attendees will proceed around the block from the Heritage Center along 14th Avenue and up 21st Street to the Chamber building where a brief ceremony will be held.
Indian River County Sheriff’s Office honor guard will lead the procession followed by members of the Vero Beach High School Marching Band, guest of honor Alma Lee Loy and celebration guests.
A significant group of local businesses, high schools and agencies have joined together and donated all items and services related to the event.
The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce is a Four Star Accredited county-wide organization representing the businesses in Indian River County by providing services, benefits and leadership for positive economic growth and change. The Chamber’s vision is to enhance and preserve the economic well‑being and quality of life of all citizens in Indian River County.