Friday, November 28, 2014
of Commerce and Agriculture

Dedicated to the success of our members by:

* creating a strong local economy

* promoting the community

* providing networking opportunities

* representing business to government

P.O.Box 1748 *    44 Brennan St. *    Watsonville, CA 95077 * *    Phone (831) 724-3900 *    Fax (831) 728-5300

Breaking News Minimize
Nov6 11/6/2014 9:35:00 AM by pvcManager

The Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture is pleased to announce the Annual Awards Honorees







Please plan on joining us on January 24, 2015 at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds JJ Crosetti Hall to honor these outstanding recipients.  Reservations can be made by calling the Chamber office at 724-3900, or email  Tickets are $75 each. 

Nov7 11/7/2014 11:19:00 AM by pvcManager

As the holidays approach, we would like to express our deepest gratitude for your interest in
helping local families
of children with cancer have a joyful and memorable holiday this year. The feedback we receive from
families for our “Adopt-­‐a-­‐Family” program at Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services
is heartwarming and inspiring.
This year Jacob’s Heart is serving more families than ever before; 70 – 75 local families of
children with cancer are in great need of adoption for the holidays. There are two ways you can
adopt families:
1) Make a donation of $200 (family of 2 or 3) -­‐ $500 (family of 4 or more) and we will do the
shopping for the family or, depending on the family’s preference, provide gift cards to help
parents fulfill their children’s wishes. We will send information to you about the family you
adopted and, in most cases, a personal “thank you” from your adopted family(ies).
2) Adopt and shop for families:
You will receive a list of three personal gift requests from each child in the family you adopt.
The request will include the selection of a gift card for the parents (gas, grocery or gift card.)
You might want to include a $10-­‐20 Target gift card to each child as well.
We ask that you arrange to drop off the gifts to the Jacob’s Heart Family Center (2007 Freedom
Blvd., Freedom, CA) on Monday, December 8; Tuesday, December 9; Wednesday, December 10; or
Thursday, December 11 between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm. If those times don’t work, just give us a
call and we’ll make special arrangements for your drop-­‐off time: 831-­‐724-­‐9100.
Please let us know if you would be willing to deliver the gifts directly to your family; in some
cases, we can arrange a home or hospital delivery. As you know, situations change daily for
children with cancer, and we appreciate your flexibility and care with family privacy medical
Our children are treated at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford or UCSF Medical Center,
so your help with a hospital delivery would be most appreciated if your adopted family has to spend
the holidays
in the hospital.

Oct27 10/27/2014 9:33:00 AM by pvcManager

Pajaro Valley Chamber members generously donated to help the family of little Jaelyn Zavala. Chamber members all dug into their pockets at a recent chamber mixer and over $200 was spontaneously raised to help the family. Chamber Member, and President of Soroptimist International of Watsonville, Kellie Allyn, brought the donations to the local pizza fundraiser. The family was quite grateful for the gifts and the community support. Additional donations can be made through Wells Fargo Bank Attention Jaeyln Marie Zavala account # 5284735320.

Oct23 10/23/2014 1:32:00 PM by pvcManager

Please be aware of any phone calls you receive asking for information or trying to collect money over the phone.  If the caller is unable to give you a phone number to call back, or if the call sounds suspicious, please call District Attorney's Consumer Affairs unit at 831-454-2050.

Oct22 10/22/2014 1:11:00 PM by pvcManager


Ten years ago in 2004, Monterey Mushrooms renamed its scholastic achievement program the Carl Victor Fields Scholarship Awards in honor of the late Carl Fields, recognizing his passionate dedication and commitment to helping our youth. Since that time the program has continued its work awarding scholarships to the dependent children of Monterey employees so that this school year of 2014-2015, Monterey will be awarding $204,000 to 136 dependent students of Monterey employees. This brings the total scholarship monies awarded since the program's inception in 1992, to over $2,230,000.
Shah Kazemi, Monterey's president reflects, "As we look back on the beginning of this program to the present, we are gratified to see the many tangible rewards and benefits achieved through helping the children of our employees attain their scholastic goals. I know Carl would be pleased with the program's success." 
And successes are many. All of Monterey's facilities report multiple instances of dependent students entering and completing two and four-year programs in fields such as science, business, physics, engineering and targeted technical training. Of note, our Loudon, TN facility advises that four students including Juan Cahue are currently pursuing degrees in the medical field; Joe Cuevas and Juan Medina graduated and are now employed as mechanic and air-conditioning specialist respectively. Clarke Tajte from Monterey's Orlando, FL facility has graduated with plans to pursue a higher degree in her field of pharmacology. These same kinds of stories are repeated throughout all of Monterey's ten facilities.
Scholarship applications were received from Monterey's multi-site facilities located throughout North America and awards are based on academic achievement, financial need, and future potential. The awards are made for one year at a time - for a total of four years if the student continues to meet the criteria of the program. Monterey is proud of all recipients, past and present, and wishes them well as they continue striving to reach their goals.

Upcoming Events
Nov8 Ag History Wagon Wednesdays
11/8/2014 11:00 AM - 12/10/2014 6:00 PM


Nov28 Train to Christmastown
11/28/2014 3:00 PM - 12/31/2014 4:00 PM


Nov29 Ribbon Cutting Kick-Off for Train to Christmas Town
11/29/2014 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

The Train to Christmas Town rides Again!  Join us on Saturday, November 29, at 1:30 pm as we kick off this magical Christmas journey with a ribbon cutting with the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.    Celebrate a new holiday tradition this season with a festive excursion aboard The Train to Christmas Town, presented by Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Railway. The Train to Christmas Town runs from November 24 - December 28th, and departs from the TTCT Depot...
About Us

The chamber board has committed itself to working in the following areas:

* Promote the community and develop tourism

* Provide networking opportunities

* Represent business to government

* Lead an economic development effort

* Assist member businesses in marketing. 

 The Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture welcomes you to the fastest growing area in Santa Cruz County, and one of the most vibrant and exciting business...More



Welcome to New Members
November 2014
11/24 Steve Campbell from AMBAG Energy Watch
11/13 Catalina Ferreto from MyYP
11/10 Dora Lee Raras from Guadalupe Pregnancy Outreach
11/05 John Prentice from Ocean Speedway
October 2014
10/28 Tia Meyer from The Night Kitchen
10/21 Chuck Muhlenhaupt from MassMutual Silicon Valley
10/21 Patrice Keet from Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
10/16 Miguel Cortes from Applebee's Watsonville
10/16 Marina Camahlinghi from Barbara & Company Catering
Events Calendar
November 2014


Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture offers an assortment of advertising opportunities for our members in our newsletter. Call us at (831) 724-3900 or email and let us help you market your business.



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