MADISON, NJ - While the holidays may be over, the holiday spirit of giving and socializing continues. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Madison Chamber of Commerce held their annual Holiday Party at Rocco’s Pizza.

The restaurant was packed with close to 75 people schmoozing, drinking and eating throughout the evening. Chamber President Ken Toumey said it’s always a well-attended and fun event.

Toumey, who works for Schooley Mitchell Telecom Consultants, a company specializing in telephone and credit card cost reduction, said Madison is a great place to have a business. He said he enjoys helping organizations cut costs and hopes to continue helping businesses in 2013.

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When he started, one of the first things he did was go to a chamber meeting and he immediately fell in love with the warm, welcoming environment. The friendliness and networking of Chamber members was tremendous, he said.

“So I joined. It was an easy decision,” Toumey said. “I’m attracted to successful people in a growing organization.”

Eventually his involvement led to becoming president and he has enjoyed meeting all of the new faces in town and helping them. There are about 170 members in the Madison Chamber of Commerce and each year the party is a lot of fun because it brings everyone together, Toumey said.

Robert Petroro, the president of Family First Homecare, said he always tries to go to the event every year. The businesses in downtown Madison are fabulous and being a member of the chamber makes his job much easier, he said.

“It’s a lot of fun socializing and the chamber is a great thing for the businesses,” he said.

One of the newer stores in Madison is Walgreens, which opened on Nov. 30.  Store Manager, Chris Morgan, said people adore Madison. 

While largo corporations typically don’t join chambers of commerce, Pharmacy Manager Margaret Morales-Peluso said that is not the case with them. The holiday party was their first chamber event.

“One thing that we try to do is completely immerse ourselves in the community,” Morales-Peluso said.

She has visited doctors in the area to put a face to the name of her customers and really wants the community to know who they are, she said. Walgreens also participated in Toys for Tots and is assisting with Hurricane Sandy relief, as well.

“It’s really customer service-driven,” she said.

Walgreens in Madison will be holding a grand opening on Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Mayor Bob Conley, elected officials, food and music.