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Happy Holidays from the Fair Oaks Chamber

Dec 06, 2023 12:07PM ● By Judy Andrews, Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce

Katie Yount, the new Fair Oaks Honorary Mayor, is seen here with Kimberley Pitillo, Fair Oaks Chamber executive director (L); and Mary Howard, president (R). Photo courtesy of FOCC

It’s been an exciting year for the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce (FOCC)!

The 45th Fair Oaks Honorary Mayor race brought in more than $62,700 for the community – the most ever raised since the program’s inception in 1978. Congratulations to State Farm agent Katie Yount, whose fundraising efforts earned her the prestigious title of the town’s new Honorary Mayor. Katie raised $32,172, which topped total dollars generated by two other candidates (Jen Rodriguez and Josh Hall) in a heated but exciting 3-month long campaign.

Just in time for the Holidays, the FOCC recently presented a check in the amount of $5,987.95 to the Orangevale-Fair Oaks Food Bank. The event took place in October at the chamber’s monthly luncheon. Josh Hall, executive director of the Orangevale-Fair Oaks Community Foundation, was on-hand to accept the generous donation from Kimberley Pitillo, executive director of the FOCC. The donation represents a portion of the proceeds raised from this year’s annual Taste of Fair Oaks event held in May. The food bank is a long-time chamber member and will definitely benefit from the donation as they get ready to provide holiday meals to those in need within the community.

Vote for the Best of Fair Oaks Through Dec. 21

You still have time to vote for your favorite local businesses and services through Dec. 21 at Vote soon – they only do this once a year! All winners will be announced at the annual awards gala on Jan. 18 at North Ridge Country Club. Best of Fair Oaks is sponsored by the FOCC, American River Messenger, and VoterFly.

Welcome 2024 Board of Directors

The FOCC’s 2024 Board of Directors will be sworn in on Dec. 21 at the chamber’s monthly luncheon hosted by Café Italiano. The directors include Mary Howard (president), Doug Proctor (vice president), Mysti Shaw (secretary), John Oldham (treasurer), Rachel Griffith, Jen Rodriguez, David Spencer, Jeanette Woodward, Katie Yount, and Kimberley Pitillo (executive director).

Welcome New Chamber Members

Here are the chamber’s newest members: Assemblyman Josh Hoover, Fair Oaks Family Taekwondo, Homewatch CareGivers, and Slayed by J – Jenn Ponciano.

For more information about the FOCC, please visit