Good news – we survived the first week without our beloved office building. The chamber has moved into temporary quarters at the Lafayette School District Offices.
Mailing Address: 3540 Wilkinson Lane, Lafayette, CA 94549
The Website, the Art & Wine Website, emails & phone numbers are all working. With the help of Neighborhood Computers, our network is up and running and they pulled all the files from the cloud for us. We are 100% operational. OK, maybe that’s a stretch, but after what happened we feel like we are at 100%. Let’s see if we can answer some quick questions for you.
Are you still having the Art & Wine Festival? Is Snow white? Is the sky Blue? Does a bear poop in the woods? See where this is going? Of course the show goes on…
Where will the new Chamber office be? Working on that one. I am almost sure it will be in Lafayette.
Did you lose anything important? Yeah, we lost stuff. Just stuff. A lot of stuff. Almost all of our files were backed up. Much of the equipment we use for the events was in storage
What happened? A fire started late Wednesday night, July 12th. The inspectors indicate it could have been a cigarette. When the first firefighters arrived (within 2 minutes of the first 911 call) they determined that the building was already lost and they worked for hours making sure the fire did not spead to the neighboring structures. Never underestimate the heart of a champion. They were champions that night.
We will continue to hold our meetings, have events, work with our local businesses and be here for the community. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I think this how we see ourselves right now.
We will be meeting with the other tenants of 100 Lafayette Circle on Tuesday morning to offer up some help to rebuild their businesses.
One item of interest…
Many of you have asked “What can I do to help.” One way is to volunteer for the upcoming events. We are going push the pedal to the metal for the next 7 weeks getting ready for Art & Wine.
You can also visit http://lafayettecf.org/lafayette-chamber-fire-donations/. We have partnered with the Lafayette Community Foundation to give people an opportunity to donate to the “Fire Relief Fund.” The money dontated will be available to the businesses destroyed by the fire to cover costs that will go beyond the limits of their insurance. I expect we will have some wish lists available soon to help them rebuild. We will share them out to the community.
We learned a lot in the last 10 days. It sure is a lot easier when you are prepared. Thank you to our president Brian Aiello and our board for being so flexible and understanding. Their leadership gives staff the tools we need to continue to serve.
This week, don’t miss the Mega-Mixer with 8 chambers on Thursday, July 27 at the Clarion Hotel in Concord. On Friday morning, we will hold our Coffee with the Mayor at the City offices in room 265 at 8:00am
Hope you can make it. jay
Message from the Lafayette Community Foundation
The devastating fire that ripped through 100 Lafayette Circle on July 13, 2017, destroyed nine Lafayette businesses including the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and La Finestra restaurant. LCF has set up a general Fire Relief Fund to assist the businesses that were affected by the fire. The money collected will help cover expenses that will not be covered by insurance and help those businesses get back up and running as quickly as possible. This fund will remain active until December 31, 2017.
Donate here now or send a check to: Lafayette Community Foundation, P.O. Box 221, Lafayette, CA 94549. When writing a check, please indicate that your donation is for the Fire Relief Fund. Please do not specify a particular business as IRS rules do not allow donations to be designated for specific individuals.
Thank you for your help in assisting our neighbors and keeping these businesses in our community.