Attendees: Kathryn Halpin, Chamber Ambassador Lynn Taylor, Chamber Ambassador Matt Poffel and Tony Uva attended the July 21, 2020, Chamber event at Creekside Park in Glendale.

Outdoor Event: Annette Gilman and Mark Bullock were among the attendees at the latest Chamber During Hours held at Glendale’s Creekside Park.

The Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to promote its members and keep advocating in their best interests during the Covid-19 shutdown. The last event was held in March, at Jax Fish House in Glendale, and after not hosting an event for the entire months of April, May, and most of June, the Chamber returned with two events within three weeks of one another.

On June 30, 2020, and July 21, 2020, the Glendale Chamber held back-to-back events at Creekside Park in Glendale, for its first socially-distant networking event in its 21-year history. “It was good to get back out there and network with our members,” said Chamber Ambassador Lynn Taylor. “I applaud the Chamber for putting together a safe event that was outdoors with proper safety measures in place.”

Beverage Time: Jessica Gilman serves a cold beverage to Matt Poffel, Chamber Ambassador at the latest Chamber event held at Creekside Park on July 21, 2020.

Glendale’s Creekside Park served as an appropriate backdrop for these events as members were treated to canned and bottled drinks and individual bags of pretzels and popcorn. “The Board discussed how soon we wanted to host an event and the venue where we would do it,” said Mark Smiley, President of the Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce. We felt the timing was right to string a couple of events together to show our members we are still active and relevant to the business community.”

As long as the weather remains nice, the Chamber will continue to host its events at Glendale’s Creekside Park. It has plans to have live music, a food truck, and more surprises being discussed for future events. “We look forward to setting up our more traditional events soon,” said Jeff Allen, the Chamber’s COO. “For now, we are playing it safe and offering a nice outdoor event for our members to enjoy.”

Bartenders: Annette Gilman, right, and her daughter Jessica from Scrum Enterprises helped bartend at the Chamber events at Creekside Park on June 30 and July 21.

Pizza: Paul Sullivan, owner of Esters Neighborhood Pub, left, and Tony Uva, Allegra’s Pizza, shared pizza recipes at the Chamber’s Business During Hours on June 30, 2020.