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Chamber hopes to score ‘hole-in-one’

Posted: February 18, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 18, 2012 2:00 a.m.

From left, Damian Jones, Jim Backer, Bob Hauter and a friend played in the 2011 Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce golf tournament raising money to support the chamber’s activities.

Sponsorships are now open for the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 28th annual Oak Tree Golf Classic, which will be held at TPC Valencia.

“The event is one of our three signature fundraising events,” said Terri Crain, president and CEO of the SCV Chamber of Commerce.  “Each year, we have the installation banquet, Health and Wellness Expo and the golf tournament.”

Chiquita Canyon is once again signed on as the event’s title sponsor for this year. The annual tournament is a chamber tradition that boasts of more than 100 golfers, including foursomes, on the golf course each year.

Member companies sponsor holes on the course to promote their businesses, services or products.

“The golf course tends to break down the barriers with other business members,” said Chris Angelo, chairman of the board for the chamber and owner of Stay Green Inc. “Trading services is also a great way to start building relationships.”

For chamber members, it’s a good opportunity for people to spark up conversations on the golf course, Angelo said. But he said the event also managed to keep up with the pace of play so the event is not too long.

“I’m going to bring out four clients with me to have a good time and to meet other people they may be able to cross-sell some of their services with,” Angelo said.

The fundraising events are used to keep the chamber’s door open to members, Crain said.

“There’s often a misconception that chambers get government or city funding,” she said. “We don’t. We’re a nonprofit organization, as well, and the fundraisers help us provide support to the chamber members.”

The proceeds of the chamber of this even go back into many of our educational and outreach programs for the chamber members, Angelo said. 


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