This week, the Chamber celebrated over 1600 local educators before starting the school year during our 32nd Annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfast. This two-day celebration consisted of elementary, middle, high, and private school teachers who received over 300 door prizes and cash awards valuing up to $40,000. In addition, the Chamber gave three well-deserving schools a $2,000 School Grant to spend as needed. The recipient of the school grants was Groveland Elementary School, Windy Hill Middle School, and South Lake High School.

This event would not have been possible without the Teacher Appreciation Committee:

  • Michelle Michnoff, Chair, Seacoast Bank
  • Amanda Hansen, Seacoast Bank
  • Amanda Nethero, New Heights Communication
  • Dallis Wehr, FUMC
  • David Colby, SLCC
  • Jill Swidler, AdventHealth
  • Jo-El Gonzalez, Seacoast Bank
  • Kelly Armstrong, SLCC
  • Kelly Stone, LCSO
  • Leesa Hodges, The Hauff Company
  • Meghan Budds, Orlando Health South Lake Hospital
  • Nate Edmund, SLCC
  • Pat Carricciolo, Pat the Dog
  • Renee Lowe, Roe Family Chiropractic
  • Shahanaz Rahaman, SLCC
  • Sheri Spivey, CEMEX
  • Stephanie Walter, Stephanie Walter Promotions
  • Stephen Elmore, FUMC
  • Timothy Smith, Thrivent

The Chamber would like to express its gratitude to the Chamber Ambassadors, Trustees, Lake County Superintendent, FUMC’s staff, and volunteers for making this two-day celebration possible for our local teachers.

The Chamber would also like to thank the following sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors

  • CEMEX
  • AdventHealth

Premier Sponsors

  • Addition Financial
  • Stephanie Walter Promotions

Spirit Sponsors

  • Modern Orthodontics
  • Office Depot

Partnering Sponsors

  • Kroger
  • New Heights Communication
  • Orlando Health – South Lake Hospital
  • Pat the Dog
  • Uncle Matt’s

Centerpiece Sponsor

  • Kim E’s Flowers

Contributing Sponsor

  • Be Like Ike Foundation
  • Dahl Family Law Group
  • Find, Feed & Restore
  • Insight Credit Union
  • Lake Apopka Natural Gas Dist.
  • Mobed Realty P.A.
  • Powell Studio Architecture
  • Project Scholars – Pig on the Pond

Supporting Sponsors

  • City of Clermont
  • Community Foundation of South Lake
  • First Baptist Church of Groveland
  • HouseMaster Home Inspections
  • J Sterling Massage and Facial Spa
  • Regina Cruz of Keller Williams Elite Partners III Realty
  • Kiwanis Club of Clermont
  • Kiwanis of South Lake
  • Lake County Sheriff’s Office
  • Lake-Sumter State College
  • Lance Sewell of Orlando Health South Lake Hospital
  • New American Funding – Celebration
  • New Beginnings
  • South Lake Democratic Club
  • United Way of Lake & Sumter County

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