A large crowd gathered at the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce card exchange Thursday night at Barnhill's Seafood Spot in Matlacha to help celebrate Lisa Benton's retirement.
After everyone mingled for awhile and had some appetizers, a plaque was presented to Benton for her work as the executive director for seven years.
Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant Jennifer Jennings read what the plaque said to the crowd while saying goodbye to their good friend, Benton.
Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant Jennifer Jennings reads what the plaque said while President John Paeno holds it during the monthly card exchange at Barnhill’s Seafood Spot in Matlacha, which was given to Lisa Benton as a retirement present.
Benton assured everyone that she was not going anywhere and she would remain involved in the Chamber of Commerce as an individual member. She said she enjoyed working with the community for the last seven years.
"Thank you all so much for this," Benton said of the plaque.
After the presentation, she then cut her retirement cake and served it to the crowd.
Benton announced her retirement at a card exchange at Stonegate Bank on Feb. 17. She took the executive director position in September 2005 and retired from the position on March 31.