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Lehigh Chamber to hold Awards Gala Saturday

January 8, 2020
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2020 Annual Awards Gala on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Fort Myers.

During the evening the stars of the Lehigh Acres community will be honored with awards and recognition for outstanding achievements and services to the community.

"The nominations have been made and many of them will be a surprise. I will also be making a very special announcement about the future of the Chamber during the gala. It's going to be a game changer for the future and growth of the chamber," Chairman of the Board Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce said.

Welch stepped in to lead the Chamber as chair at the beginning of 2019 at the request of its board.

"The Chamber was falling into dire straits at that point. I came in at the beginning of the year, at the request of the board, to stabilize the chamber, which I've done. It's taken over a year but now it's stabilized and growing, and can be a source of economic influence for the eastern part of the county," Welch explained.

According to Welch, his announcement during the evening will entail a substantial move for the chamber.

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"It will place the chamber onto the right path for future growth and stability," Welch said.

This year, the GLACC welcomes back Clay Miller from NBC-2 as the gala emcee. This prominent community event will also include representatives from the community, Lee County and the State of Florida. Black tie attire is requested.

The annual gala will begin with food and entertainment by Wayne Cristiano, followed by a silent auction.

According to a chamber press announcement, the GLACC is requesting donations from the business community to be used in the auction. The proceeds from the silent auction are to benefit the education fund and the chamber for future community projects.

There are several different sponsorships available to showcase a business or organization during the special event for the Lehigh Acres community.

Gala tickets are $75 per person, tickets are available on the chamber's website and at the Chamber office. The chamber asks all tickets be purchased no later than Jan. 10.

For more detailed information, contact the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce at 239-369-3322 or email the Chamber at

The Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber was founded in 1962 and now boasts more than 200 members. Lehigh Acres is one of Lee County's fastest growing communities with more than 136,000 residents, but still maintains its hometown charm.

The Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in the Lehigh community. The chamber's mission statement is 'to promote and advance the economic, civic, and social welfare of the community of Lehigh Acres.

For more information on this or other events contact Michael Welch, Chairman of the Board of Directors at 239-369-3322; info@LehighAcres

Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce's welcome center is at 25 Homestead Road, Suite 41, Lehigh Acres. Phone: 239-369-3322; Email: Info@LehighAcresChamber .org

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