|The Arlington Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the 2013 development campaign, Opportunity Works, raised a total of $272,785. This number surpassed the goal of $260,000 and is significantly more than the Chamber has ever raised during a development campaign. This money provides over 37% of the Chamber’s operating budget and is crucial to the overall success of the Chamber.Every year, beginning in March, the Chamber kicks off an annual, four month-long, volunteer-based development campaign. The campaign is vital for the Chamber, as it accounts for one third of the Chamber’s operating budget each year.The campaign relies on active volunteers to raise funds for the Chamber through recruiting memberships, sponsorships, and advertisements with the assistance of the Chamber staff. The connections volunteers make through the campaign benefit their businesses and add value to their involvement. The campaign theme this year Make the Connection: Get Social. Do Business., highlights the driving benefits of the campaign; to get involved, connect with people, and, ultimately, do business.|
This year’s campaign was led by Campaign Co-Chairs Barbara Nicastro, The Law Offices of Barbara E. Nicastro, and Joe Prentice, State Department Federal Credit Union. The campaign’s success this year, and the previous four years, was due in large part to their commitment and hard work.
The campaign is never all hard work and no play. Volunteers have the opportunity to attend multiple networking rallies and our annual kick-off and victory celebrations. This year’s volunteers had a great time celebrating at the first ever Victory Celebration Hawaiian Pig Roast at ROCKLANDS Barbeque and Grilling Company on July 9. Volunteers enjoyed an amazing menu of Hawaiian inspired items, custom created by ROCKLANDS, complemented by the Hawaiian decor provided by our Campaign Co-Chairs. It truly was a celebration like no other to mark the conclusion of a campaign like no other.
Campaign Co-Chairs Joe Prentice and Barbara Nicastro with Grand Sponsor David Isaacson of Technology Management, Inc. at the Victory Celebration Hawaiian Pig Roast.