Support and Cooperation Made the Once-Annual Event a Success.
It appears that absence does make the heart grow fonder: After a four-year hiatus, a group of chambers of commerce along the 422 corridor resumed their joint mixer. And based on its success, the once-annual event is back on track for next year.
About 170 people attended the August mixer at Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford, according to Caroline Buto of Tompkins VIST Bank, who spearheaded the event. They represented members and guests from the Spring-Ford, Perkiomen Valley, Phoenixville, TriCounty and Upper Perkiomen chambers of commerce..
Caroline, who manages the bank’s Oaks and Pottstown offices, had the idea to rekindle the mixer because of its business potential. “My goal was to create the opportunity to meet new faces and make connections,” she said. So she got in touch with Carla Haydt, executive director of the Spring-Ford Chamber, who agreed. “This was always a successful endeavor in the past so I believed the members of the five chambers would be excited about bringing it back,” Carla said.
The mixer had been put on hold for several years because it was increasingly hard to find sponsors and organize such a large affair. To resolve those issues, Caroline offered Tompkins VIST Bank’s support as sponsor and Carla asked Pope John Paul II High School to be a co-sponsor. “Everything then began to fall in place,” Caroline said. She and Carla formed an organizing committee that also included Shannon Villa and Mike Duffy from Pope John Paul II High School and Jessie Bullock from Tompkins VIST Bank. Others also contributed time and materials, such as Mark Greenberg of Minuteman Press in Royersford, who offered to print stickers for the guest “goody” bags.
Is the mixer back on track to be an annual event? “Carla and I are already looking for possible dates for next year,” said Caroline.