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Chamber celebrates patriotism with barbecue

Attendees at the Patriotic Barbecue, (from left) James Rowten (JR), CEO of the Escondido Chamber, Julianne Jones, Sohalia Handelsman, and Carol Rogers. Photo courtesy of Angel Aguilar

About 75 people attended Tuesday night’s Patriotic Barbecue at the Chamber of Commerce office on Broadway.

Attendees included the Miss Escondido Court and many Escondido business leaders.

According to Chris Cochran of the Chamber, “We served 8 pounds of baked beans, 60 burgers and 25 hot dogs. We went through more than 75 Hawaiian rolls for pulled pork sliders and we served 7 plus apple pies And it was a wonderful time!”

Chamber CEO James Rowten observed, “We definitely appreciated the support, the great BBQ and the opportunity to meet many new faces coupled with many of our longtime supporters. A loud shout-out of thanks goes to our sponsor Escondido Disposal, Inc. (EDI) but, the loudest shout-out goes to our Ambassador volunteers who gave selfishly to make sure our guests were treated properly. The Ambassadors are the volunteers who see the purpose of the Chamber and want to be a part of this organization. They value our role in the community and are willing to give freely of their time and experience to further our mission. The Chamber and our Board would quite simply not be able to do what we do without these dedicated, resourceful and giving individuals. And, they’re fun to be around. I cannot say enough about what their contribution means to the Chamber.”

Angel Aguilar and girls from the Miss Escondido pageant.

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