vandenberg-afbThe Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud of it long-standing relationship with Vandenberg Air Force Base. The personal and economic impacts on our community have insured that this positive partnership continues.

The base will host its Annual Awards Banquet on February 18th and during the ceremony, honorees will receive a plaque and gifts from the surrounding communities. These tokens are the least we, as a grateful region, can do to recognize the year-long efforts of the members of “Team Vandenberg.”

Again this year, the Chamber of Commerce will be contributing gift baskets for the honorees. We invite Chamber members and the general public to show our military men and women how much we appreciate their dedication by supporting this program. All the other local Chambers are also participating.

Therefore, we are requesting gift donations for products or services in the amount of $25.00 and up. Your contribution can take any form such as gift cards or certificates, cash cards, local products or merchandise, or if you desire, you can arrange a basket of your own. You may provide as many $25.00 gifts as you like.

Please consider supporting this event, which has a huge impact on our local military team…and their families. This also serves to demonstrate a willingness to recognize those defending the freedoms we enjoy today, and offer those who receive these gifts the opportunity to visit the Santa Maria Valley. They might just learn more about what we have to offer.

Upon receipt, all the contributions will be assembled into 6 large gift baskets which will be presented at the banquet. As always, I will be happy to pick up anything you are offering or you may mail them to my attention at the Chamber, 614 South Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454.

If you would like to participate, or need additional information, please contact Bob Hatch, Chairman of the Santa Maria Valley Military Affairs Council, at or (805) 598-9100. We appreciate your support!