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Ceres Chamber offers its thanks for event support

Editor, Ceres Courier,

On behalf of the Ceres Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank all of those who supported the 1st annual Ceres Public Safety Black Tie Charity Ball by purchasing tickets and/or tables. It was a spectacular night to see everyone dressed for the occasion and to hear the stories of our great speakers.

Special thanks to Truckee Police Chief Adam McGill for emceeing the night and to our guest speakers - Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, Senator Anthony Cannella, and FBI Special Agent George Piro - all of whom started their careers either in the Ceres police or fire department.

Thank you to our sponsors and partners for helping bring this event to fruition: Golden Valley Health Centers, Modesto Junior College Regional Fire Science Academy, Men's Wearhouse, Sheriff Adam Christiansen, Bronco Wine Company, the city of Ceres, the Ceres Professional Firefighters Local 3636 and the Ceres Police Officers Association.

Thank you to Stanislaus County Supervisor Jim DeMartini and his wife, Anne, for opening their home to us on the eve of this event for a private reception and face-to-face meeting with George Piro. This event, on its own, was a huge hit with attendees. Also a thank-you to Blaker 40 Brewing for their contribution to this event.

Thank you to the incredible volunteers from both Ceres Police and Fire Explorer Programs, the MJC Regional Fire Science classes, and members of the community who devoted time to help make this event a success. Thanks to Ceres Police Chief Brent Smith and Ceres Fire Chief Bryan Nicholes for supporting the vision and endeavor from the onset last year. All of your help was greatly appreciated.

Thanks to the Ceres Courier for the great follow-up story on the event.

Finally, a huge thanks to the Ceres Chamber staff, Events Committee and Board of Directors for the support and help in driving this event home. A lot of time and energy goes into planning events like these and the people that volunteer to bring these events together once again exemplify the sense of community in Ceres.

Once all the numbers are tallied, we will be presenting a check from the event to the city of Ceres to benefit the Police and Fire Explorer programs.

Renee Ledbetter,
Ceres Chamber of Commerce