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Chick-fil-A’s Cathy Postpones Appearance

By Potomac Local News August 2, 2012 4:30 pm

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PRINCE WILLAM COUNTY, Va. – Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy has always been welcomed at the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, he just won’t visit them this year.

With that, the chamber this afternoon answered mounting questions focusing whether or not it would host Cathy at speaking engagement in Manassas on Nov. 27. Cathy was scheduled to speak with local business leaders about the success of his fast food restaurant chain, but chamber members complained after following a public statement by Cathy noting marriage should only be between a man and woman.

Cathy’s appearance has been rescheduled in early 2013, and all of Cathy’s speaking engagements have been canceled for the remainder of the year, according to the chamber.

Additionally, rumors that the Prince William Chamber of Commerce was considering rescinding Cathy’s invitation were false.

“While we are disappointed at having to move the date of the event, we look forward to offering this opportunity to our membership early in 2013. We know that a great many of our members will understand that, as a business leader, there are times when you must pull back and focus on day-to-day operations. In light of recent events, particularly the loss of one of their long-time employees and top executives, we respect the decision of the Chick-fil-A leadership team in taking the time to do just that.”

The “recent events” Clapper referenced is last week’s death of Chick-fil-A’s long-time corporate spokesman Donald Perry, who had worked for the company for 29 years.

Harvest Life Changers Church in Woodbridge agreed to sponsor Cathy’s Nov. 27 appearance, and will still sponsor Cathy’s scheduled appearance next year.

Prince William County has a unique tie-in with Chick-fil-A. The company’s highest grossing store is on Prince William Parkway near Potomac Mills mall in Woodbridge.