Chamber to host first responders appreciation dinner
— Thirty-seven first responders from 19 agencies will be honored by the entire county Thursday at the Upper Chesapeake Ballroom.
This community-wide appreciation dinner is organized by the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce, but is open to the public.
Bonnie Grady, president and CEO of the chamber said the event has received a very positive reaction from everyone who hears about it.
“In fact, I’ve never participated in any community event that has touched me so much,” she said this week.
Grady said the idea grew out of a board of directors meeting a few years ago.
“The chamber isn’t just about business, but it’s about a strong community,” she said. “The goal here is to honor all of the volunteers and paid personnel who put their lives on the line daily to protect us.”
This is the chamber’s first attempt to host such an event, but Grady hopes it will become an annual event that will grow in popularity.
“I think it will be very special,” she said.
The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and ends at about 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 10.
“The climate for public safety workers across the country is very challenging right now,” Grady said. “We are just trying to show our appreciation to them this week.”
The agenda includes dinner and an awards ceremony with County Director of Emergency Services Richard Brooks acting as master of ceremonies.
“He has been a tremendous help to us getting this event organized,” Grady said.
County Executive Tari Moore issued a proclamation making Thursday “First Re- sponders Day” in Cecil County, and many of the county’s municipalities have followed suit as well. Grady said certificates of appreciation will be given to individuals from each of the 19 agencies, all of whom were nominated by their superiors for outstanding efforts on the job. In addition, agencies will also receive certificates to hang on their walls.
For more information, call the chamber office at 410392-3833.