Menifee Valley Chamber partners with city to provide masks

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Dignitaries from the city of Menifee, Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Menifee donate ear loop masks to PetSmart employees, Monday, Aug. 17. The group donated masks to a variety of Menifee businesses over the course of two days. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo

As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on local businesses throughout southwest Riverside County, one of the most important aspects of keeping the doors open for most local businesses is a mask.

Since virtually all businesses now require patrons to sport a face covering before entering their establishments so the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce recently donated masks to essential businesses within the city.

“We want our local businesses to concentrate on their business and not having to worry about (personal protective equipment),” Tony LoPiccolo, president and CEO of the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce, said.

Joining LoPiccolo to distribute masks Aug. 17-18 were Menifee Mayor Bill Zimmerman, Councilmember Greg August, Mayor Pro Tem Matt Liesemeyer, Councilmember Lesa Sobek and Councilmember Dean Deines.

The group went to a variety of businesses over the two-day span and donated approximately 3,000 nonmedical grade disposable face masks provided by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to essential businesses in town

Masks were donated to businesses regardless of the business’s affiliation with the Chamber of Commerce.

“We are in unprecedented times and our goal is to assist our business community,” LoPiccolo said.

To learn more about the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce, visit https://menifeevalleychamber.com/ or call 951-672-1991.

Kim Harris can be reached by email at valleyeditor@reedermedia.com.

PetSmart assistant leader Linda Llanes, front left, accepts donated masks from Menifee Mayor Pro Tem Matt Liesemeyer, front right, as Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce events marketing coordinator Tara Hunt, Menifee Chamber CEO Tony LoPiccolo, Rotary Club of Menifee president Debbi Manion and Menifee Mayor Bill Zimmerman look on. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Dignitaries from the city of Menifee, Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Menifee donate ear loop masks to Nothing Bundt Cakes employees in Menifee. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Menifee Nothing Bundt Cakes employees accept ear loop masks from Menifee city dignitaries, Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce and Menifee Rotarians. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Menifee Nothing Bundt Cakes employees accept ear loop masks from Menifee city dignitaries, Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce and Menifee Rotarians. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Menifee Nekter Juice Bar manager Eddie Sanabria, center, receives ear loop masks for employees from Menifee Mayor Pro Tem Matt Liesemeyer. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
A number of Menifee businesses receive ear loop masks including face shields donated by Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce and Menifee Rotarians. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Nekter Juice Bar in Menifee employees accept ear loop masks from Menifee city dignitaries, Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce and Menifee Rotarians. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo