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The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs, Dr. Vito Imbasciani, will serve as Honorary Chair of the 8th Annual Patriots Luncheon, honoring local veterans.

In partnership with the City of Santa Clarita, the SCV Chamber will host their 8th annual Patriots Luncheon on Thursday, July 12th at The Oaks Club in Valencia.

“We are honored to have Secretary Imbasciani as Honorary Chair,” said Troy Hooper, Chairman of the Board. “Secretary Imbasciani has a long history of what he has accomplished through his tenure as Secretary.  The Santa Clarita Valley business community works hard to thank our veterans and we’re proud to salute them every year.”

Vito Imbasciani MD, was sworn in as secretary at the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) on September 28, 2015. At CalVet, Dr. Imbasciani leads a team of more than 3,400 dedicated staff members in serving the state’s nearly 1.7 million veterans.

“We have the largest population of veterans in the nation, including the largest population of LGBTQ veterans,” said Secretary Imbasciani. “Our mission is to serve and honor all California veterans by connecting them and their families with their earned benefits through education, advocacy and direct services.”

CalVet provides services from the first day a Veteran returns home, on through his or her path to education, career, home ownership through the CalVet Home Loan program, starting a business, and all the way until he or she needs long-term care in one of our eight veterans homes or a final resting place in our three veteran’s cemeteries. For 70 years, CalVet has been their advocate and their resource, helping them achieve the highest quality of life

“We couldn’t be more excited to host Secretary Imbasciani at this year’s luncheon,” said John Musella, Immediate Past Chairman and Acting Executive Director of the SCV Chamber.   “The Secretary has made a tremendous positive impact on veterans throughout California, especially veterans that identify as LGBTQ.”

Nominations are currently open for veterans who reside in the Santa Clarita Valley and are or were actively involved in our local business community. The deadline to submit is Thursday, May 31st by 5:00 p.m.

Individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available on the Chamber’s website, www.scvchamber.com. Nomination forms can be requested by emailing karen@scvchamber.com.

The Chamber wishes to thank its sponsors, including our co-title sponsors Homes4Famillies and Andy Gump.  Sponsors include Chiquita Canyon, Princess Cruises, Poole & Shaffery, Dignity, AAA Property Services, College of the Canyons and Southern California Edison.

About the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1923, the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce is the leading business advocacy organization in the Santa Clarita Valley.  Covering the third largest city in the County of Los Angeles, the SCV Chamber has more than 1,000 members, focusing on local, state and national issues that affect the business community.