Modesto Chamber 100 Year Gala

March 10, 2012

The Gallo Center was the place to be on Saturday night to celebrate the 100 Years of Service of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce at the Gallo Center for the arts. It was a great night to look back and remember some of the firsts that happened here in Modesto and celebrate doing business locally. There was also a look back at the Arch, great Modesto music by Modesto’s Josh Rosenblum Band. Penny White and the Sensations delivered awesome Motown and dancing into the night.

The evening started off with a George Lucas congratulations video message with a fun Star Wars style into. We were then treated to a very patriotic look back at Modesto by the super Talented YES Company. Amazing kids!

Former Chamber CEO Bill Seavy was back in the saddle as the Gala MC.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the new painting by local artist Rebecca Murphy. She created a hugh composite image painting capturing the wonderful things in Modesto, including the Arch, McHenry Mansion, 57 Chevys, Burge’s Carhops, Modesto baseball and bands, 100 Year businesses and so much more. Cecil Russell, Lynn Dickerson and Chris Murphy assisted in the presentation. Prints of this painting will be sold by the Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Stanislaus Arts Council.

At the end of the evening, the Chamber encourage us to all “shop local” and presented the guests with a special centennial book of history.

The Chamber recognized their 2011 Award winners:

Robert J Cardoza Citizen of the Year – Ann Endsley, Greens Mkt and so much more.
Chamber Member of the Year. American Chevrolet – Dave Halverson
Non-Profit of the Year – United Cerebral Palsy
Small Business of the Year- Solid Network
Distinguished Service Award- Steve Rank of Rank Investigation/Protection
Ambassador of the Year – Linda Curtis, Kelly Services
Welcome Team Member- Lucy Castrejon – F&M Bank



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.