On Thursday, April 14, the Manatee Chamber Ship-Shape Showcase was held at Port Manatee. It was a beautiful blustery day at the Port and well attended by individuals and business owners. Ship-Shape Showcase is all about networking, connecting, and showcasing fantastic businesses and organizations here in our community. The event draws hundreds of attendees and features 60+ Chamber member booths promoting local products and services. Attendees experience a close-up view of SeaPort Manatee through narrated bus tours, enjoy complimentary light bites provided by local restaurants and caterers, jam to music, win door prizes, and more!
It was a great opportunity for All Clams On Deck’s Executive Director Barbara Baker and Deb Cooney, Public Affairs, Chiles Group, to meet a wide range of people and spread the word about the mission of the Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative. Response from the participants was overwhelmingly positive, and everyone was eager to help in any way they could, as clean water is a hot topic not only in Florida but throughout the world.
Fifty-two visitors signed up to receive our e-newsletter and enter a drawing for a $20.00 gift card to one of the Chiles Group restaurants. Each person that visited the booth was asked if they would be willing to send a letter to Governor DeSantis asking he support the Appropriation 19341 ($2,500,000) in House Bill 5001. Everyone asked enthusiastically responded they would throw their support behind this vital cause. The number of commitments was about 75 people. After listening to what All Clams On Deck are all about, several businesses asked that a representative from All Clams On Deck come to give a presentation to their membership. As a result, we will be scheduling some speaking engagements in the near future. The winner of the gift card drawing is Joe Marra, Piper Fire Protection – congrats!
Overall another amazing event in our community helping educate on clean water initiatives to help current water concerns and repair our waterways for the future!
Picture courtesy of All Clams on Deck