President’s Letter: EFBC >25 Gala

Hey, everyone!

In preparation for our upcoming GALA event on May 7th, I am flooded with memories from our last Gala, where we celebrated our 20th anniversary back in 2014! And we had a blast! The Liautaud’s founder, of the then CFBC, Jim, was celebrated and presented with a lifetime achievement award from the Council. The year was 2014, Bob Carmody was President, my TAU forum mate Gina Krusinski was the current first VP and former TAU member Jeff Connor was the 2nd VP. During the event, Gina Krusinski, as the first VP, gave a moving speech. These are just a couple individuals amongst a group of great friends that have provided me with the knowledge and courage to take the President position myself. I was young, but it left an imprint and inspired my future leadership within the organization. Libations flowed, we were downtown, everyone danced to live music; by all accounts it was a heck of a bash!

But, wow, does that last gala seem like a distant memory…one that we are going to do our best to repeat this year. This year we’re calling it “Greater than 25”. The math dictates that we should have had the party 2 years ago, but an event in May of 2020 at this caliber was not in the cards So now we have a chance to make up for lost time. There will be dancing, tasty food and drinks, a toast to those that we appreciate, and more. This year is the time to get back together, mingle, do the things we’ve all been missing. I am excited to have time with some fun people and a little normalcy. This gala is a black-tie event where we celebrate you; our members, strategic partners, Gala sponsors and staff in one spectacular event. I, for one, am really looking forward to seeing people that I haven’t seen, some in nearly two years and to meeting new people and dancing the night away with my wife, Annette.

I hope to see you all there! Bring your significant others, family, friends, and employees to celebrate. Anyone that wants to get out there and enjoy themselves with a solid group that knows how to have a good time is welcome. The more the merrier!


Neil O’Donnell

EFBC President ‘21/’22