Chamber to honor Project Love at Annual Meeting

The North East Area Chamber of Commerce will recognize Project Love with the Outstanding Service Award at its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 30. Project Love is being honored for its longstanding commitment and dedication to making the Christmas season a happier one for area children.

Founded in 1989, Project Love Inc. is a local nonprofit organization that with the help of the community provides Christmas gifts to children in need who live in the North East Borough and Township. This past Christmas alone, over 50 volunteers packed and distributed boxes for 345 children in North East.

“Project Love deserves to be recognized because it touches so many people and is such an asset to our community. Hundreds of people make donations to Project Love and in turn, dozens of people sort and distribute toys to hundreds of children throughout North East. Their mission really brings the community together for a common good,” said Amy Gloff, executive director for the Chamber.

Presented annually, the Chamber’s Outstanding Service Award honors individuals and organizations for their continuing commitment to North East and the betterment of the community.

In addition to the award presentation, North East Borough Manager Patrick Gehrlein will be the featured guest speaker. The membership in attendance will also elect four board members to serve a three-year term on the Chamber’s board of directors. Nominated to serve are Vern Frye from Downtown North East, Maria Pisano from Electric Materials, Jenny Sholtis from Penn Shore Winery, and Michael Yori from Michael’s Restaurant & Pizzeria/Yori Wine Cellars.

The Chamber’s Annual Meeting will be held at Mercyhurst North East Tom Ridge Library beginning with hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. and dinner/program at 7:15 p.m. The cost is $30 per person. Those wishing to make a reservation may do by visiting the Chamber at 44 W. Main St. or by calling 814-725-4262.