UNION, NJ - “A Night in Havana: The Chamber Goes Caribbean”  is the theme of the Union Township Chamber of Commerce’s 63rd Annual Gala, scheduled for Friday evening, April 13, at the Galloping Hill Caterers in Union.  BCB Community Bank of Union has signed on again as the Major Event Sponsor, and Sharon Patel of Patel Printing Plus is Chair of the event.

The event will feature a number of awards to be given to various business and community groups, including: “President’s Award” to Angel Cartagena of Batteries Plus Bulbs, the “James T. Schaefer Civic Award” to David Arminio of the Union Township Historical Society,   “Spirit of Union Award” to Ruben Peraza of Magic Fountain,  “You ARE the Chamber Award” to Jeff Morton of Shake A Paw Center for Rescue and Adoption, and Business of the Year Awards” to Kathy Cryan of Tap Into Union and Amy Walsh and Allison Dimarzio of The Max of Springfield-Union.

“This year, the Chamber is ‘going tropical’ and will feature a Havana-styled theme to highlight all the growth that it has experienced over the last year,” said Chamber CEO James Masterson. “We are grateful to BCB Bank for their exceptional support, and we also salute all of our honorees for their service and dedication to the Union community.”

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In addition, the following individuals will be installed as officers for the coming year: President – Eugene Mitchell, Unity Bank; Senior Vice President – David Arminio, Union Township Historical Society; Immediate Past President – Angel Cartagena, Batteries Plus Bulbs; Vice President of Programming – Sharon Patel, Patel Printing Plus; Vice President Community Relations and Treasurer – Julie D’Aloia, ConnectOne Bank; Vice President Membership – Joseph Stampone, Major Printing Company; and Vice President of Economic Development – Hayley O’Connor, The Max Challenge.

He added that the Chamber is currently accepting ticket reservations, sponsorships, and door prize donations for the event. Persons interested in participating in the Dinner Dance are encouraged to contact him by calling 908-688-2777, or by emailing executivedirector@unionchamber.com.

“In the last two years, we sold out two weeks early, so we advise those who wish to attend to register now, Masterson added. “