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Fourth Friday Luncheon focus on Home Town Heroes is Jan. 23
Posted 01 - 16 - 2015


Non-profit members honored at luncheon

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Luncheon will honor the Chamber’s non-profit business members as home town heroes. A number of the non-profit organizations will have exhibits at the event with representatives ready to answer questions and explain volunteer opportunities.

“The non-profit business exhibits will be open before the event begins at noon and again from 1 to 2 p.m. for anyone to browse,” said luncheon program chair Dr. Adam Peck, SFASU. “The event with exhibits is an opportunity to meet the people who serve Nacogdoches citizens every day and learn their missions and activities.”

The luncheon is noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23 at Quality Inn & Suites, 3400 South St. Michelle Smith, Vice President/COO, Nacogdoches County United Way, will discuss the impact that service organizations make in the community. Gold sponsor is XETX Business Solutions.

“I love Nacogdoches and welcome the opportunity to serve my community through working at the United Way,”  Smith said. “After serving as a United Way volunteer for five years I can further pursue my passion for community development by helping to improve the well-being of others."

Most recently, Smith was the vice president at Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation. Her experience in the private sector includes two years at Nacogdoches Medical Center as Director of Community and Guest relations, positions in pharmaceutical sales and medical administration as well as a small business owner and entrepreneur.

Previously she worked seven years at the pharmaceutical company Hospira, formerly known as Abbott Laboratories, where she worked in a variety of sales and marketing positions. She and her husband, Craig, moved to Nacogdoches in 2005 and were owners/operators of the Hardeman House Bed & Breakfast for more than three years. Since her arrival, she has been very active in the community volunteering with the CASA of Deep East Texas, Friends of the Visual Arts, Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce and United Way.

Lunch is $16 and attendee RSVPs are required by noon, Wednesday, Jan. 21. All attending may enter the $50 drawing sponsored by Commercial Bank of Texas, and all Chamber members are entered in a $250 drawing sponsored by Axley & Rode, LLP, but you must be present to win.

The non-profit organizations exhibiting are:

American Red Cross of Southeast Texas and Deep East Texas

CASA of Deep East Texas

Dialysis Clinic, Inc.

East Texas Community Health Services

Greater East Texas Community Action

Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches

Head Start

The Hospice of East Texas

Love INC.

Nacogdoches Community Partners

Workforce Solutions

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