River Cities Gazette

Medley chamber, town support Toys for Tots with big event

REACHING OUT: Town of Medley Mayor Roberto Martell (center) was proud that his town partnered with the Medley Chamber of Commerce to support Toys for Tots.
REACHING OUT: Town of Medley Mayor Roberto Martell (center) was proud that his town partnered with the Medley Chamber of Commerce to support Toys for Tots.
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River Cities Gazette

After being founded just two years ago, the Town of Medley Chamber of Commerce is a growing organization with membership approaching 100. When he was a council member, Mayor Roberto Martell was the first president. The Chamber is now headed up by Juan A. Rubi.

“Last year we supported Toys For Tots at a venue on Brickell,” said Rubi. “This year we wanted to bring it into our town so people could see what we have to offer. Everyone knows Hialeah but don’t know where Medley is.”

So Rubi went out and brought the event to Medley. Thus the stage was set for last week’s Marine Foundation Toys for Tots event held on the back terrace at Medley Town Hall.

According to Rubi, “We wanted to support Toys for Tots even better this year. That’s why we’re having it at Town Hall with music; a great singer and recording artist, Lucy Grau; food and drinks.”

Mayor Martell said, “This is the first year the town has joined with the Chamber to support Toys For Tots. I want our town to be known worldwide as givers and to help out as needed. All the staff is in agreement.”

Proudly wearing a chest full of medals, U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant Eddy J. Fonseca, 42, has traveled the world and visited 23 different countries. He served in Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Iraq and Afghanistan.

“So far, compared to last year in South Florida, the donations are not quite as high,” said Fonseca, who was in charge of area collections. “We have more requests for toys than donations but they will be distributed between now and Christmas.”

Martell said it was a great honor to have four Marines visit the town. “They are the ones that defend our freedom.”

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