Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

Supporting, advocating, and promoting our local business-members in the heart of the Florida Keys!

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Marathon Chamber Business After Hours

Marathon Chamber’s Busines After Hours @ Angler and Ale

Members gathered together to catch up, network and enjoy Angler and Ale’s event space.  Filled with libations and great snacks including Lobster Bites and Thai Curry Peanut Chicken, everyone was all smiles.
Especially Lori and Barry (below)  from Shady Palms Art Gallery – our winners from the 50/50 raffle!

Spenser and Lauren with Mike and Cynthia from Marathon Bagel

Bill Divello with Rings and Things, Erin Dafoe and Kim Plascjak with Contintental Inn, Rich Tompkins with Capital Bank

Marathon Chamber’s CEO Daniel Samess with Lauren and Spenser from Monroe County Sheriffs Office

Kristine Todd Young making all monthly announcments including Daniels 11th year with the Chamber and the winners of the 50/50 raffle!

Jackie Grasley with Centennial Bank, Melanie Slaga with Duck Key Charters, Steve Hurley from DDAI, Steve Grasley with K2M Design and Matt Miller of GFS

Cindy Birkhimer with the Marathon Chamber and Darrel Birkhimer from FKEC, Angela Gruetzmann with Centennial Bank and Margie Casey with Dennis Casey Electric

The Marathon Chamber Ceo Daniel Samess with Lauren Bohnen and Spenser Bryan

Harry Wagner with Marathon Moose Lodge, Bruce Ferarro with Capital Bank

After Hours Winter Wonderland

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Monthly Chamber After Hours

We had such a great turnout with this Beautiful Winter Wonderland. Delicious food, good times, Toys for tots, Mr. & Mrs. Clause!

Marathon Community Theatre

Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours

August 9th 2017. Hosted by Marathon Community Theatre, with sponsors Porkys, Plaza Grill, Brutus Seafood, and Hurricane Bar & Grill.

Become A Member Today: How to Redeem Member Benefits 

Once you have clicked on the show or shows you wish to attend, selected you seats, and decided how you wish to receive your ticket (print or will call at the box office), you will be directed to the payment page. At the bottom left of the page, you will see a box that says “Redeem Benefits”. Click that box and the next page will ask for your email that you provided to MCT and your name. Once completed, you will receive the membership price.    

FREE DANCE CLASSES WITH MEMBERSHIP

Want to tone up? Lose a few inches? Who says you need a gym? Come to FREE dance classes at MCT. Move your body while you learn something new. Never done it before? It’s a great time to start. Summer classes are just for fun – there’s no show coming up to prepare for, no choreography to learn. Dance classes are FREE to MCT members. What a deal, and what a great way to

your summer!

 

Marathon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Donates $5,000.00 to Take Stock in Children

Marathon, FL, June 24, 2015:  The Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) Board of Directors donated $5,000.00 towards the Middle Keys Take Stock in Children Foundation today.

Each year the GMCC Board of Directors allocates monies towards education.  Primarily using proceeds from membership dues as well as the annual Marathon Seafood Festival, the Chamber’s Board of Directors is able to aggressively contribute to this worthy cause. Earlier this month at graduation night the Board also awarded five (5), $1,000.00 scholarships to Marathon High School seniors; as well as awarding two (2), $600.00 grants to current GMCC business-members to further their education within their specific areas of business.  Totaling the GMCC’s 2015 educational-based donations to over $11,000.00.  “Part of our mission is to educate and empower our business-members, and this most definitely includes our local students as well,” said Board Chairman Ryan Elwell.

Pictured (left-right): TJ Patterson, Marathon Chamber Board Director, Teresa Condas, Board Member, Take Stock in Children, Daniel Samess, CEO, Marathon Chamber, Steve Pribramsky, President, Take Stock Board, Stacie Kidwell, Past Chair, Marathon Chamber Board, Bill Kelly, Chair-Elect, Marathon Chamber Board, and Ryan Elwell, Chairman, Marathon Chamber Board

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April Luncheon At Castaway

April’s Membership Luncheon was held at Castaway Waterfront Restaurant and Sushi Bar. It was a great turnout and a very delicious lunch. Mel with FIRM was our guest speaker, we’d like to thank him for some very sharing some very important information and also thank Castaway for hosting. See all of you at the next one!

Seafood Festival Makes Donations

The Original Marathon Seafood Festival is truly a family friendly event; featuring & staring fresh-caught local keys seafood at amazing prices, cold beverages for adults and kids, live entertainment the entire weekend, over 200+ vendors, as well as a boat & art show to satisfy all your shopping needs, and plenty of rides and games for children.

The event is co-organized by the Organized Fishermen of Florida (Marathon Chapter) as well as the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce.  Collectively, both non profit organizations put over $75,000 in event proceeds back into our community via charitable contributions, donations, and scholarships for local Middle keys students.

The most recent donations went to the Heart Of The Keys Recreation Center and American Youth Soccer Organization Marathon. One of the greatest feelings in the world is giving back, in this case to our community! We love the City Of Marathon!

Marathon Chamber of Commerce Community Support

We here at the Marathon Chamber of Commerce are so happy to be a part of our amazing community. It’s through our wonderful members and supporters that allow us to donate and support our local charities and organizations.

KAIR thank you letter st. columba thank you letter

2014 Florida Keys Craft Beer & Bubbly Fest

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Congratulations Beautification Program Participants

Congratulations to the recipients of our Annual Beautification program. The Marathon Chamber provides members with the opportunity to improve the external appearance of their properties. After an application and selection process, and completion of improvements, participants receive a $1,500.00 grant toward their expenses. In addition, several of our members offer discounts on their supplies & services to the participants. Thank you and Congratulations to all who participated!

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Florida Keys Celtic Festival

Celtic Festival Seeks Volunteers
Service Organizations and Local Businesses Invited to Participate

Before the thundering sounds of Celtic rock fills The Keys this winter, more than a few fair folk will need to roll up their sleeves and maybe even dance a jig to make it happen. Organizers for the Florida Keys Celtic Festival are seeking volunteers to help plan and implement the second annual festival taking place January 9 and 10 at Marathon Community Park. Individuals, service organizations and teams from local businesses are invited to participate.

“We want this to be a real community effort,” said The Reverend Canon Debra Andrew Maconaughey of St. Columba Episcopal Church. The Church produces the weekend event in collaboration with Celtic Heritage Productions of Port Charlotte. The festival is set to kick off with a Kilts in The Keys party at Marathon Grill in the Gulfside Village on January 8, followed by two days of live Celtic bands, Highland athletics, pipes and drums, Celtic food and merchandise vendors, plus a Children’s Glen with activities for the wee ones at the Community Park. And, there’s a rumor that the Conchness Monster, a distant relative to Nessie, may make an appearance.

Festival attendance was more than 1700 for the two-day event in 2014, with about half of the attendants visiting from outside The Keys. Organizers expect an even larger crowd for the 2015 festival. “Our goal is to build an annual cultural event our community can be proud to be a part of,” said Maconaughey.

Volunteer needs include developing and designing creative projects, manning the entry, ticket sales, crowd control, survey taking, set-up and clean-up. Volunteers will receive free entry to the event and an official event t-shirt.

Local non-profits and service organizations are invited to have booths, for free, during the festival and also encouraged to include a Celtic link in promoting their own causes. “We’d like everyone get into the Celtic spirit for the weekend,” said Bill Lorimer who volunteers his time to help plan the festival. Local businesses are also welcome to join with their own teams of volunteers or by participating as an event sponsor. Festival sponsors get great PR and visibility in local, regional and national newspaper and web advertising. Additionally, sponsors receive entry tickets, event booth space and recognition in the official Festival Event Program.

Proceeds from the festival benefit the church’s Hammock House Youth Programs that provide Marathon children and youth with a free, healthy environment where they can thrive emotionally, artistically, intellectually and spiritually. “The Hammock House budget is $50,000 a year and proceeds from this festival will help alleviate some of the financial stress we’ve experienced over the past few years,” Maconaughey said. Hammock House After School Care and Just for Fun Summer & School Break Camps were born out of concern for Middle Keys children who may not have enough to eat when school is out, and who lack of affordable, supervised summer recreation. This free program is available to all children of Marathon, providing a healthy, creative environment when school is out of session.

To sign up as a volunteer or learn more about the Second Annual Florida Keys Celtic Festival, please contact festival volunteer coordinator Toni Hindman at thindman2001@hotmail.com. Business interested in becoming a sponsor can contact Bill Lorimer at wmlorimer@yahoo.com.

Remember, it takes more than a few potatoes and a keg of Guinness to throw a festival.

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Scottish rock band Albannach rocked The Keys at last year’s Florida Keys Celtic Festival. Festival organizers are seeking volunteers to help create a weekend of Celtic Culture in Conch country on January 9 and 10, 2015. Photo Credit: Florida Keys Celtic Festival

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