This years holiday party was intimate however filled with many exciting news and acknowledgements. We would like to thank the staff at Crabtrees for once again their outstanding service and delicious food. Thank you to Sabina Ruggles for capturing the evening with her photos and to One Sound Label for entertaining us with music and the photo booth. It is always fun to dress up and capture the moment at any age. We would also like to thank the many guests that attended which made the evening extra special. It was a great time had by all!!
The Mayor and Trustees honored Mike Jakob, Donna Gammarato and Monica Altmann each with a plaque for the outstanding job organizing this years Christmas Festival. The Floral Park Chamber Board Members also honored Tim Dalton for his dedication to the community and for being such an active member with the Chamber. The Board Members honored Mike Jakob for dedicating his time and leadership to the Chamber of Commerce and the Community these past 2 years. The Floral Park Chamber presented The Hance Family Foundation with a check for $1500, funds raised from the Christmas Festival.
We would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy and Healthy New Year!!
The 2nd Annual Floral Park Christmas Festival & Tree Lighting was held on December 1st in Memorial Park. The event was a tremendous success.
The festival was estimated to be attended by over 3,000 people. Folks came from far and wide to be part of this grand celebration.
Some of the innumerable highlights included:
1. The expanded Christmas market featured 11 local Floral Park vendors.
4. The Floral Park Chamber was a big hit selling “Gluh Wein” (better known as “Mulled Wine”). 100% of the proceeds from the sales of the mulled wine and souvenir mugs is being donated to the Hance Family foundation.
5. The Ice Skating Rink was a big highlight for kids of all ages.
6. Carolers strolled throughout the Village visiting local restaurants and pubs.
7. One Sound provided Christmas music for all to revel in the season.
8. The lighting of the tree (hosted by the Jr. Women’s Club) was great as always.
9. A visit from Old St. Nick who arrived on a Floral Park Fire Engine with candy canes in hand for the children to enjoy.
10. We were also most fortunate to have had the magnificent Budweiser Clydesdale horses trot down Tulip Avenue and make stops at our local bars and restaurants.
What a great way to start the holidays. The Floral Park Chamber’s gift to the community for 2017.
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! and a very Happy New Year!
Dear Fellow Board Members and Chamber of Commerce Members:
What a significant year it has been for the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce. We have accomplished much - and we have much to look forward to.
During 2016 we took significant strides is continuing to build our relationship with the Village of Floral Park. I feel we are now truly partners with the Village and that the Chamber has a significant presence in village decisions related to the business community. Thank you Frank Carpaccio and your group for making this happen.
We again ran what I think is one of the best street fairs on LI. We continue to partner with NYRA in making this one of the highlights of the Summer in Floral Park. Steve Wickes and his team should be commended for their great effort.
Membership is the life blood of this organization. In the very capable hands of Joe Sciabica we have been diligent in getting out the message of why the business community and the chamber are a valuable team. I am sure that Joe. Marie Grant, Monica Altman and the rest of the team will continue to get us to our objective of 200 members during 2017.
Our financial picture remains positive. More importantly we have terrific reports and information for the board to use as a guide in helping us make decisions. Not bad having a CPA like Kim Crail to make sure we stay in good financial order.
We continue to add to the beautification of our Village - Banners, Plants and opportunities for more. Thanks to this committee for all they do.
Our communication is also improving. We now are on virtually every social media platform. Our email blasts through Chamber Master are going out regularly. We are blogging and updating our website. Thank you Mildred Tassone and Dana DeSimpliciis for making our Web offerings get better and better.
Benevolence continues to make sure that our not for profit partners in Floral Park are remembered and cared for by the Chamber. Ron Keats and former board member Terry Whalen lead this on our behalf. Thank you.
I think the highlight of the year for me however was the culmination of years of thought to pull off a Christmas Festival in the Village. Over 1000 people came to the festival and tree lighting. Another accomplishment for the Chamber partnering with local community groups to put together something special for the village of Floral Park. Thank you Donna Gammarato for this accomplishment.
Everything we do in some way improves the opportunities for business to succeed in Floral Park. 2017 promises to be another great year of opportunity and success.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a New Year of Joy, Good Health and Great Success!
Thank you, thank you for all you do! I am proud to be a part of this great organization because of each of you.
Floral Park Chamber President