Los Al Chamber sets date for upcoming “Heroes Appreciation Luncheon”

Honor guard at Heroes Appreciation Luncheon. Courtesy file photo Photo by Loreen Berlin

The Los Alamitos Chamber of Commerce has announced that the upcoming 3rd Annual Heroes Appreciation Luncheon has been set for September 22 at the Rush Park Community Center in Rossmoor.

According to information released this week, this year’s event will be co-sponsored by the Rossmoor Community Services District.

“We are very happy to co-host the event with the Los Al Chamber,” said RCSD General Manager Joe Mendoza. The sold-out event resumed at Rush Park in 2021 after a pandemic pause and is quickly becoming the Chamber’s hallmark event.

“Our RCSD Board of Directors is very proud to host the event,” said Mendoza, “to show support to all of our uniformed heroes. We’re happy the event brings all the heroes together,” he said.

“I think we all more appreciative of our public service heroes since the pandemic,” said Nesi Stewart, Chairperson of the Los Alamitos Chamber.

The Annual Heroes Appreciation Luncheon “is our way of saying thank you to the people in uniform that serve us every day,” said Stewart. “It’s good to recognize people that don’t always get recognized,” she said.

“Los Alamitos is a giving community,” she said and the Heroes Appreciation Luncheon simply amplifies “what our community is all about.”
In what has become a sold-out dinner each year, the Heroes Appreciation Luncheon pays homage to various community heroes from the public sector “for their bravery and courage.”

The event began in 2018 to honor military and public service men and women who serve in uniform. The Chamber voted to add medical heroes following the pandemic.
Currently, according to the Chamber, they present awards to military officials, California Highway Patrol, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Los Alamitos Police Department, and Los Alamitos Medical Center.

“Bringing these men and women together is truly an honor for the chamber,” said Stewart.
According to Chamber official Toni Hauger, there are multiple sponsorships available for local businesses that want to express their appreciation and co-sponsor in some way.

There are multiple levels of sponsorship, she said. In addition, table sponsors are encouraged to invite men and women in uniform to sit with them at the event.
Seating is limited and tickets are $50, she said, and uniformed guests will get a complimentary lunch.

Hauger can be reached via email at toni@losalchamber.org.

Los Al Chamber sets date for upcoming “Heroes Appreciation Luncheon”