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Tue, March 27, 2018

Announcing the Danniel J. Petro Matching Grant

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By Joe Alarie, WOCC Chairman

In anticipation of the continued strong growth of the West Orange business community, the WOCC’s Growth Matters campaign will transform the Chamber headquarters to create a state-of-the-art interior with expanded meeting areas, new member service stations, upgrades to the building’s exterior and accommodations for a growing staff to meet our members’ needs.

The Chamber’s growth would not have been possible without many amazing leaders in its history.  One that stands out is Danniel J. Petro.  We lost Dan to cancer on this day five years ago, but his impact is still felt today across West Orange County.  Dan exemplified the Chamber’s mission through his service as a teacher, Marine, business owner, entrepreneur, mentor and philanthropist.  He facilitated success for himself and many others. 

Danniel J. PetroToday, we seek to honor this man’s memory, and through his legacy inspire the next generation of community leaders. It is the WOCC board of directors’ desire to raise $70,000 to create the Danniel J. Petro Conference Room.

Contributions, along with 17 years of strong fiscal planning by the Chamber’s Leadership, have resulted in our ability to execute this $588,000 capital renovation.  To date, we have secured just under $300,000 in contributions toward a $370,000 fundraising goal. Lead contributors to the Growth Matters campaign include Florida Hospital and Universal Orlando at the Expeditor level, and Orlando Health, Walt Disney World, City of Ocoee and City of Winter Garden at the Implementer and Municipality levels. To view all campaign donors, click here.

This matching gift program will help us raise $70,000 toward completing the goal.  This money must be secured in order to fully execute the renovation that is needed to serve our dynamic business community, while facilitating economic growth and stability.

Thanks to the generosity of Bright Future Electric, the Petro Family Foundation, the children of Danniel J. Petro and Chamber Board members, dollar-for-dollar donations will be matched up to $35,000.  We have until May 31, 2018 to complete this task. We hope you will consider honoring one of West Orange County’s greatest leaders in celebration of the 45 plus years the Chamber has been serving our community. To learn more and to download a Growth Matters pledge form, click here.

Joe Alarie, WOCC ChairmanSincerely,
Joe Alarie
Joe Alarie

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