New corp citizen award to AAR March 21

The Arcadia Chamber of Commerce today announced the first-ever Corporate Community Contributor award to be presented along with the annual Citizen of the Year Award at the Chamber’s Board of Directors and Officers Installation Dinner on March 21.
Each year the award will recognize the contributions to the community by a Chamber business member. The contributions may be financial and/or pro-active generous support in other ways.

CCCawardLogoThe Chamber is proud to present the first Corporate Community Contributor Award to the Arcadia Association of Realtors, which donated more than $11,000 to local non-profit groups last year, such as the Assistance League of Arcadia, the school district’s Performing Arts Center and Measure A parcel tax campaign, and Arcadia-based Friends of Foster Children. AAR has also sponsored the Arcadia Youth Basketball League last year and donated more than $21,000 to charities in 2011. AAR produces multiple charity fundraising events each year under the AAR’s Events 4 Charity banner, including A Day at the Races, Taco Time Bingo, Charity Wine & Cheese Tasting, the Scott Burtz Memorial Charity Golf Classic, and a Young Professionals Network “Party for a Purpose” to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

(Details of March 21 program and rates for sponsors and advertisers below…)

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An advocate for realtors, AAR was founded in 1924 and is one of the oldest trade organizations in California, now serving 2018 members. In addition to the financial contributions, AAR also donates use of its meeting rooms at its 601 S. First Avenue office to local non-profit organizations.

“We are pleased to initiate this new annual award to good corporate citizens to go along with our recognition of individual Citizens of the Year,” said Chamber President Pete Siberell of Santa Anita Park. “The Arcadia Association of Realtors is an ideal inaugural recipient since they represent more than 2,000 business members who all contribute to the organization’s laudable efforts to support the community.”

“The Arcadia Association of Realtors is extremely honored to be receiving this first-time award from the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce,” said Andy Bencosme, AAR’s 2013 President. “We take great pride in raising money for local charities and being recognized for that by our own community is truly humbling. We will share this award with our incredible group of volunteers who plan and organize all our fund-raising events.”

The annual dinner program in the Chandelier Room at Santa Anita Park on March 21 featuring presentations by Chamber and City leaders and political dignitaries is considered one of Arcadia’s premier events. In addition to AAR’s CCC Award, Jim and Shelly Romo will receive the Citizens of the Year award, and Arlynn Robinson will be inducted as the new Chamber President for 2013-14.
For information, tickets, or to purchase an ad in the program, call the Chamber office at 626-447-2159, or visit


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