The holiday-themed breakfast hosted by South Lake Chamber of Commerce spotlighted  Caribbean-style holiday music from the Lake Steel Orchestra. The seasonal segment featured an interview with The Caribbean American Association of Lake County (CAALC). Members Geneva Hamilton and Daniela Martinez were interviewed by moderator Joe Carlisle as part of the program. They announced that the annual Clermont Caribbean Jerk Festival will be held on Saturday, June 4 at Waterfront Park.


The CAALC is a non-profit organization focused on giving back to the community and enhancing the lives of its members and young people in the community. It provides educational and training programs as well as a social network for its members. Moreover, it provides grant scholarships to young community residents.  Learn more about the organization and its upcoming events by visiting the website CAALC.

The room at the Clermont City Center was filled to capacity

The Ann Dupee, Gem of the Hills Community Service Award was developed to honor residents or organizations who are making significant contributions to the South Lake County community through their time, actions, talents and dedication, outside of any volunteer work done for their employer. The honorees selected serve as role models for compassion and service and are striving to make South Lake County a better place.

Michelle Michnoff presents the award to Nanette Fountain (Photo courtesy of SLCC)

Michelle Michnoff, Chamber Trustee from Seacoast Bank presented the “Ann Dupee-Gem of the Hills award to  Nanette Fountain. Nanette has been a resident of the South Lake community and a proprietor of Carrabbas’a Italian Restaurant-Clermont since 2017. She has proven a strong contributor to the community and area’s service organizations. Nanette will be retiring from Carrabba’s at the end of the month.

The co-sponsors of the breakfast were Denise Calderon, Certified Public Accountant and Clinton Pownall, Computer Business Consultants.

David Colby, SLCC President and Pat Caracciolo Board Chair. (photo courtesy of SLCC)
The Chambers 2020 and 2021 Board Chair Pat Caracciolo, owner of  Pat The Dog,  delivered closing and final remarks as chair of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Great Job Pat! 
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