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LaRocca: Addison chamber jumps into summer

Community Voice

Well, here we are…moving through summer at breakneck speed! Our annual golf outing turned out to be a great day. Golfers were able to get in a full round of golf without being rained on, and thanks to their generosity, we will be adding funds from the prize holes and raffle to our scholarship fund.

Now we look ahead to upcoming events for the rest of summer and into autumn – the Addison Chamber of Commerce & Industry doesn’t take a vacation.

July 23 is Chamber of Commerce Day at the DuPage County Fair. We will be joining other area chambers of commerce at a morning networking event, and following the 11 a.m. Flag-Raising Ceremony, some chamber representatives will greet attendees at the fair.

On July 24, we will host a multi-chamber luncheon meeting at the Addison Hilton Garden Inn, with a panel of speakers from Adventist GlenOaks, Alexian Brothers and Edward/Elmhurst Hospitals, who will discuss changes in the health and wellness industry and its relationship to employers and their employees.

Our August luncheon meeting will again be a multi-chamber event to be held at Alta Villa Banquets on Aug. 28, when Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth will be our keynote speaker. Reservations are required for all of our luncheon meetings to allow us to make appropriate arrangements with the venues to assure adequate seating. Our luncheon costs $25 per person for chamber members and $30 per person for non-members.

As we progress through these next months, families will be getting ready to send children back to school, and we hope that as they shop for clothes and school supplies, they will make as many purchases as possible from our local small business facilities. Not only are they convenient, but when purchases are made in Addison, sales tax dollars stay right here in Addison, and at the same time, it helps our local stores to stay in business and employ area citizens.

We have a lot of new and exciting meetings and events planned for the rest of the year, and we will be offering more information in the near future. Meanwhile, we hope that you will thoroughly enjoy the next couple of warm, summer days – and if your vacation includes travel, that you have a wonderful time and return safely.

To learn more about chamber events or membership, please contact our office at 630-543-4300 or To be added to our email list to receive notices about these and all of our upcoming events, please visit our website,, where you can click on the home page link to add your email address.

Bernadette LaRocca is the executive director of the Addison Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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