WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Chamber of Commerce launched the holiday season with high spirits at its annual Thanksgiving lunch on, Nov. 25 at Mayfair Farms.

The over 100 attendees were encouraged to bring canned goods or to make donations, which would go to the Holy Trinity / West Orange Food Bank.

The COC is a voluntary organization composed of small business owners, professionals, corporations, corporate executives, community leaders and ordinary residents with the goal of promoting the economic health and welfare of West Orange. It is supported by local groups such as Unico National, the Rotary Club of West Orange and the West Orange Lions Club.

Sign Up for E-News

Chamber President Susan McCartney said this year “we have picked up such momentum, combining the talents of many good people in making a name for the Chamber, and it’s worked! We look to 2016 with invitations for all community organizations, businesses and volunteers to join us in our mission of promoting a great local economy in West Orange.”

Adding a touch of reflection to the festivities was featured speaker Joe Fagan, the honorary Official Historian of the Township of West Orange. He noted that at this time of year the phrase “‘after the holidays’ becomes a convenient excuse to put things off because we are always so ‘busy,’ but in reality, it can distract us from what is truly important.”

Fagan poignantly told the story of his parents’ purchase of a home in West Orange, the 45 years they lived there, and the process of dealing with his mom’s Alzheimer’s and his dad’s stroke before they passed. In his unique storytelling manner, his speech concluded with a note learned from particular moments in their journeys, which gave him clarity about priorities in life, and advice for all in the room.

“By far, the best gift we will ever receive are the people seated around our table this holiday,” he said.

For an application to become a member of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, click HERE or call 973-731-0360.