Pictured is a ribbon cutting at the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce building after a 2012 remodel was completed.
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Local Chamber of Commerce celebrating 50th anniversary

Staff~ 3/18/2015

CAREFREE – The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 50 years of support for local businesses. The towns have changed greatly, but the Chamber’s mission of community business development has stayed the same. This special occasion will be commemorated with a 50th Anniversary Birthday Breakfast and Celebration of Excellence on Thursday, March 26 at Harold’s Corral.

Chamber Executive Director Patty Villeneuve shared the history of the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce.

“The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce was incorporated on March 4, 1965,” Villeneuve reported. “The three men who created the Chamber and filed paperwork for its incorporation were Lester Maitland, Billy Burk, and Leslie H Rhuart.” Villeneuve noted that the original home of the Chamber was in Cave Creek. In the 1970s, the Chamber moved to Carefree.

As the towns of Carefree and Cave Creek have blossomed in the last 50 years, the Chamber has grown along with them. The Carefree Cave Creek Chamber has approximately 350 member businesses and provides frequent community business events.

“The mission that these three men (the original incorporators) had for the Chamber was the same then as it is today...to promote, support and foster growth for the business communities of Carefree and Cave Creek,” Villeneuve emphasized. “The Chamber has gone through multiple name changes and locations of business, but the mission has stayed the same for 50 years.”

Celebrate this milestone with the Chamber at the 50th Anniversary Birthday Breakfast and Celebration of Excellence, to be held on March 26, 8-9:30 a.m., at Harold’s Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek. A full breakfast buffet will be available; cost is $18.50 per person. RSVPs needs to be received by March 20.

Interested in becoming a member of the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce? Learn more by calling (480) 488-4481 or go online to www.carefreecavecreek.org.