Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford
By Jo Schmeiser, CCGM Executive Director
The 4th Annual Holiday Auction & Tastes of Milford had to be moved to the Shawnee Country Club this year, due to the necessity for more space, and if you were there you know why the decision was made. The Shawnee Country Club did a fabulous job adding a tent, two bars, as many tables as possible and the help from a full staff.
General Manager Trisha Marney says she really enjoyed working with 4th time Corporate Sponsors Del-One, the Volunteers from the Milford Senior Center, Barbara Steele and everyone from the Chamber of Commerce.
As in the past, the only issue was that there weren’t enough seats. All of us on the committee want to apologize for any inconvenience however want to make sure everyone understands that the event is not intended to be a sit-down dinner. The event was modeled around several other events around the state, that are meant to be more like a cocktail party with mingling and “tastes” from area restaurants and caterers. With over three hundred people in attendance, there is no way possible to have enough seats for everyone. The concept is to get a sample of food, talk with the food vendor, checkout silent auction items and mingle.
Several people mentioned that next year (other than the reserved tables); we should eliminate all “sit-down” tables and provide stand-up bistro tables only. Many committee members have discussed this option already and agree it’s a great idea. This will allow more room for people to socialize and be comfortable moving from table to table.
In addition to the possibility of there being no seating available next year, committee members who worked the registration tables want to remind attendees that the doors do not open until 6:00 p.m., and if you get to the event anytime before 6:00, you will be expected to wait outside. Unfortunately we cannot let one person (or party) in, because we’d have to let everyone in at the same time in order to be fair.
All in all the event was a huge success, giving exposure to chamber member restaurants and caterers, showcasing items from area businesses and offering an evening of food, fun and early holiday shopping.
The success of the event served its main purpose as well, to raise money for the Milford Senior Center and the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford.
We couldn’t have done it without the many volunteers from the Milford Senior Center who spent endless hours collecting donations for the auction and helping the evening of the event. Corporate Sponsors Del-One, Table Sponsors Delmarva Broadcasting, First Class Properties and the Milford Senior Center also helped make the event a success.
Barbara Steele, with Steele Electric, was also a huge factor in the success of the event. Barbara is responsible for coordinating all the food vendors, and working with them and the Shawnee Country Club to make sure everything they need is made available.
Dave Wilson, the event auctioneer, really added excitement and value to the Live Auction and helped raise a lot of money while Brenda Beissel, with People’s Place was the “official” event photographer.
The Holiday Auction and Tastes of Milford 2010 Committee would like to thank everyone who had a part in the event, and want to let you know we are already making plans for the 5th anniversary.
For more information about the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford call 302.422.3344 or email email@example.com.