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Presented at the Los Alamitos State of the City event at the Eagle's Nest Restaurant in Cypress, the money will go to support the base's Morale, Welfare and Recreation program, which provides recreational activities to on-site personnel.
Expo chairman Tom Lasser, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, said he thought it was great the Chamber was able to support the base program, which provides for things like gym equipment and recreational facility upgrades.
“I wish we could have given them more,” Lasser said.
According to Chamber President John Osborn, expo organizers counted more than 18,300 vehicles entering the base on the day of the event, which he said averages more than 50,000 people attending -- at an average of about three people a car.
Osborn said the event drew many people into the businesses of the city and surrounding communities.
“If that's not what a Chamber of Commerce is supposed to do, I'm out of here,” Osborne joked.
Army Major John Armstrong, who attended the State of the City event with staff and students from Sunburst Youth Academy, said he appreciated the gift.
“It’s a great feeling that the community supports it’s military," Armstrong. “The money is) going to those that are most deserving … the young men and woman and their families that need it that most.”