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Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet

As was the case earlier in the day at the City Club, the Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Awards Banquet drew quite a crowd too garnering a total of 232 Rsvp's which was wasn't really surprising due to the wonderful company of a sizable number of the people that we know in Lake County and the excellent dinner (and especially the appetizers) provided for by the La Malfa Center on Heisley Road in Mentor where the banquet took place.

Over the past several years we have attended many events at La Malfa and on Friday night we finally got to meet Mr. Mike La Malfa who oversees the entire operation and compliment him on the excellent vegetarian options. When we asked Mr. La Malfa if his official title was Executive Director, he shrugged, grinned andsaid, "something like that."

We were quite pleased with those chosen to receive awards and recognition for longtime service to the Lake County community who were Project Hope for the Homeless, Martin's Nursery, and Ms. Jeanette Crislip who was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year for her history of volunteering for civic functions for over 30 years.

We networked and made some very good connections including a local school board member whose district has a significant Hispanic population and invited us to a community meeting in March as well as a realtor who has a lot of Hispanic clients, several of whom are foreign-born. Along these lines, Judge John O'Donnell of the Lake County Common Pleas Court, invited us to come to the next discussion in an ongoing seriesthat the community has been been having on race relations that is scheduled to take place in the next two weeks.

We were very pleased when Mr. Nathan Miranda of "Infinity Resources" flagged us down to say how much he learned from the immigration forum that "Margaret W. Wong and Associates" put on at the Morley Library in Painesville on January 12th, while Mr. Scott Evans, VP of Philanthropy and External Relations at Lake Erie College, complimented us on the number of Lake County events we manage to attend.

"You guys are good," said Mr. Evans, "and out and about."


Michael Patterson

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC.


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