Campbell’s Networking Events Organization, the Campbell Chamber of Commerce, Adds Twist to Its Annual “Celebrate Campbell” Event

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Campbell Chamber of Commerce is rolling out the red carpet for 2011 Business and Citizen of the Year.

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He has supported every community event scheduled by the chamber and all of those scheduled by the DCBA

On March 24, Campbell’s Networking Events Organization, the Campbell Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual “Celebrate Campbell” event to honor 2011 Citizen-of-the-Year Cary Stover and 2011 Business-of-the-Year Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurants. Many Volunteers-of-the-Year for 2011 will also be recognized by local service organizations. The Campbell Mayor, City Council, community leaders, local politicians and others will be attending this event.

The Campbell Chamber of Commerce has decided to spice up this year’s celebration with a “Classic Hollywood” theme. Inspired by Judy Garland, Clark Gable, Grace Kelly and many more classic celebrities, don’t miss the event of the year. The event will feature a red carpet, paparazzi, music and most importantly, the honorees, Cary Stover and Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant.

The “Celebrate Campbell” event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and music at Villa Ragusa, 35 S. Second St. in Historic Downtown Campbell. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person or $600 for a table of 10 and is black tie attire. Please RSVP to the Campbell Chamber of Commerce by March 1.

Cary Stover, Citizen of the Year, has been an untouchable influence in the community. From volunteering for Boogie on the Bayou, Oktoberfest, Carol of Lights and everything downtown, what hasn’t Stover done? He also donates much of his time to the Campbell Museum Foundation.

“He has supported every community event scheduled by the chamber and all of those scheduled by the DCBA. Of all the wonderful volunteers we have in our community, he stands out as one who ‘goes the second mile,’” Campbell Express’s Sally Howe said.

Stover attended San Jose State University and earned his degree in accounting. He met his beautiful wife Peggy, has been happily married for 38 years and has two beautiful children, Jeff and Christina. Stover began his accounting career at Alexander Grant & Company as a student intern, graduating in 1974 and earning his CPA in 1976. After five years in public accounting, he entered high tech where he worked for about 25 years at ROLM, ROLM/IBM, ROLM/Siemens, 3Com and JDSU. Along the way, he earned a Masters in Business Administration from Saint Mary's College in Moraga. In 2003, he "retired" from high tech, dusted off his CPA certificate and began practicing accounting and tax again. He owns a franchise with Padgett Business Services, which has more than 400 offices in North America.

Business of the Year, Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant, is run by General Manager Bennett Ponder. Rock Bottom has helped raise money for many local charities and non-profits, such as Citizen Schools, Assistance League of Saratoga/Los Gatos, Rescue 25, Campbell Veterans Memorial and more. Bennett has been affiliated with Rock Bottom for 12 years and has been at the current Campbell location for five years. Bennett started as a Brew Master within the company and has worked his way up to general manager at one of the busiest and most popular spots in Campbell.

“We need more people like Bennett who get the idea that we all need to work together to make our communities better places to live,” Patty Thoms from the Assistance League said.

Jenner Crema said, “Rock Bottom is a huge supporter of local groups, schools and non-profits. They’ve hosted many fundraising events and raised a lot of money for excellent causes.”

Bennett was the president of The Southern California Craft Brewers Guild and was instrumental in helping them become a non-profit entity. He has also served on the economic development board for the City of Kent, Wash. He is currently a new member of the Board of Directors for the Campbell Chamber of Commerce. Bennett is humbled and honored to be receiving such a prestigious award in Campbell.

For more information about the Campbell Chamber of Commerce, call 408-426-8720 or visit them online at Campbell Chamber of Commerce is located at 1628 Campbell Ave. in Campbell.

About Campbell Chamber of Commerce
The goal of the Campbell Chamber of Commerce is to promote the City of Campbell in all aspects, including its businesses and the community as a whole. They provide their members with innovative and easy to access programs, tools and opportunities to grow their business; from offering business networking, marketing support, family events, promotional opportunities and publicity, to supporting businesses through legislative advocacy.

The Chamber brings businesses and lead generations together with government and community leaders to work together in a coalition to help the community thrive.


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