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Chamber to host military appreciation luncheon

The Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 8th Annual Military Appreciation Luncheon presented by VyStar Credit Union on Monday, Nov. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.  This annual Chamber tradition honors Northeast Florida’s military community.

To ensure members of the Northeast Florida military community are able to attend and be recognized for their many contributions, the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce is seeking sponsors to purchase a ticket or a table for active duty service personnel. 

“We want to have as many members of our military community in attendance at our luncheon so that we may show them the appreciation they deserve,” said John Haley, senior vice president of Business Development for the Cornerstone Regional Development Partnership. 

Individual tickets are $30 and corporate tables of 10 are $300.  Tickets and tables may be purchased online by visiting the events calendar at or calling 904-366-6670.  To sponsor tickets for military service members, contact

 “As our area’s largest single employer providing more than $6 billion annually to the region, the military community is very important to our local economy,” said Chamber Military Issues Chair, retired Rear Admiral Jim Stevenson.  “In addition to their duties to support our nation’s defense, these brave men and women of the armed forces are also leaders in their own neighborhoods.  The Military Appreciation Luncheon is an opportunity to show our gratitude for their outstanding service to their country and our community.”

Speaking at this year’s event is Admiral James G. Stavrdis, Commander, U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe.  A Florida native, Stavrdis plans to discuss European events impacting Jacksonville’s economic interests.

The 8th Annual Military Appreciation Luncheon is sponsored by Memorial Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Brooks, CSX, Fidelity Investments, Miller Electric, Parmenter Realty Partners and Waste Management.

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