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Community Relations provides opportunities for members to contribute to Alachua County’s nonprofit community through service projects and other charitable endeavors. The committee also organizes ACEL’s signature fundraiser, the annual Champions for Charity kickball tournament.
Chair Shareen Baptiste, [email protected]
Meetings The Community Relations Committee shifts its focus to planning the annual ACEL Champions for Charity kickball tournament as that event draws near; please refer to Kickball Subcommittee meeting details below, and check the main calendar for most current meeting times
Kickball Subcommittee Meetings Last Monday of the month, 6 p.m. at Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce Board Room (300 E University Ave, Suite 100) and more frequently during months closest to tournament day; check the main calendar for most current meeting times
Marketing and Communications
Marketing and Communications oversees ACEL’s public relations efforts, creates its marketing strategy, manages its social media platforms, develops its print and electronic collateral and provides publicity materials to media professionals.
Chair Ken Mears, [email protected]
Meetings 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m. at Maude’s Classic Café (Sun Center, downtown Gainesville)
Membership enhances the individual member experience through engagement, manages ACEL’s growth and shapes the perception of ACEL’s membership in the community.
Professional Development educates members and helps them grow as professionals through a variety of programs and partnerships with other organizations and community leaders.
Chair Derek Lyons, [email protected]
Meetings 2nd Monday of the month, 6 p.m. at Emiliano’s Cafe (7 Southeast 1st Avenue)
Public Policy gives members the opportunity to interact with policy makers, to learn more about the infrastructure of the city and county and to create a voice for young professionals in their community.
Chair Marilyn Headley, [email protected]
Meetings 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m. at The Bull (18 SW 1st Ave)
Social allows current and prospective members to network with their peers and other professional organizations by organizing events designed to appeal to young professionals’ diverse interests as well as monthly ACEL Happy Hours. The committee also hosts the ACEL Annual Dinner, its premier social event of the year.
Chair Edgar Campa-Palafox, [email protected]
Meetings 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m. at Volta (48 Southwest 2nd Street)
Annual Dinner Subcommittee Meetings 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m. at Volta (48 Southwest 2nd Street)
For the most current meetings times and locations, please subscribe to the ACEL calendar on our homepage.