MERIDEN — The stakes were high for members of four local chambers of commerce who vied for networking time and jackpot prizes Wednesday night.
About 250 people attended the 4Chamber “Casino Night” Social hosted by the Record-Journal in partnership with the Midstate, Southington, Quinnipiac and Cheshire chambers of commerce.
”Any time you can bring the business community in a region together, it’s great for all,” said Dee Prior-Nesti, executive director of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce.
Members of four chambers spun the roulette wheel and played poker hands while meeting sponsors and competing for jackpot prizes, including a two-night Foxwoods Resort Casino Getaway and $5,000 marketing makeover, courtesy of RJ Media Group.
Donna Hunter, president of Hunter’s Ambulance, waited for the decked-out Hunter’s Limousine to roll into the parking lot at 500 S. Broad St. Hunter’s, an event sponsor, was giving away a trip for 14 people to see the holiday lights at Hubbard Park.
“All four chambers coming together to network – it’s fantastic for business,” Hunter said. “We have different challenges. It’s nice to be able to network with other companies.”
The event offered a way for members to expand their reach into different communities, said Yetta Augur, president of the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce. It was the second annual four chamber event at the Record-Journal. Last year’s inaugural event marked the company’s 150th anniversary. This year, the casino night theme was added.
Coni Gilmour, sales manager for Doubletree by Hilton in Bristol, came via her membership in the Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, which is affiliated with the Southington Chamber of Commerce.
“This is a whole new region with the other three chambers that are here,” Gilmour said. “This is a whole new market.”
During her remarks, Liz White, Record-Journal executive vice president, said the company was thrilled with the turnout of over 250 people.
“A huge thank you to all four chambers — the Midstate Chamber, the Quinnipiac Chamber, the Southington Chamber and the Cheshire Chamber —for their partnership to make this one of the biggest local networking events of the year,” White said. “We are proud members of all four of these chambers and encourage you to get involved if you’re not already a member.”
Bongiovanni Insurance and Financial of Meriden partnered with the Record-Journal to present the event for the second year.
“We have a great relationship with them,” said Eileen Bongiovanni. “They are a family-owned business and we are a family-owned business. And I get to bring the chili.”