Holiday Auction & Tastes of Milford Celebrates 5th Anniversary

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By Jo Schmeiser CCGM Executive Director

Talk about time flying by. It really seems like just yesterday plans for the first ever Holiday Auction & Tastes of Milford were under way. It’s very hard to believe that it’s been five years since the committee first met with Del-One Representatives, who were very excited to jump on board then, and have been corporate sponsors ever since.
Over the years there have been a lot of changes, and improvements, and this year is no different.

The first three years the event was held at the Milford Senior Center, and from the beginning the response has been phenomenal. The event grew so much over the years the entire senior center facility was used, people were everywhere and it was very crowded. It was very hard for the senior center to run their daily operations with all the chaos, so the event moved to the Shawnee Country Club last year.

The event will be held on Thursday, November 17 at the Shawnee Country Cub again this year; however the event is going to have some changes. This year a tent will not be added, so there will only be 300 tickets sold. The ticket price is $20.00 in advance and (if there are any available) $25.00 at the door. Since there are only 300 tickets available, the committee highly recommends getting them in advance. Tickets can be purchased by calling or visiting the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford, and payment can be made by cash, check or credit card.
Another change is there will not be dining tables this year. The only tables available will be standing Bistro Tables in the main banquet room.

The concept of the event is similar to chamber business mixers and several events/auctions held throughout the state annually, where you walk around “taste” a sample of a local eatery, talk with the vendors, bid on auction items, network, socialize and continue mingling until the silent auction closes and the live auction begins.

This event is a fundraiser, so much of the proceeds come from the silent and live auctions. In the past it’s been crowded with the dining tables and chairs, and hard for people to check out the auction items and vendors, so this year with the tables being gone it’ll be much easier to get around.

In the last four years, money has been donated to the Delaware Veterans Home, Delaware Hospice, People’s Place and the Milford Senior Center. Corporate sponsors Del-One are proud to announce the beneficiary this year is the Shawnee Country Club. The club is a non-profit organization that was established in 1957 by local businessmen who wanted to assure a social and business tradition that would contribute to Milford’s continued economic growth and reputation. Over the decades the club has supported businesses and organizations by providing golf fundraising opportunities as well as a facility for company breakfasts, lunches, dinners and special occasions.

If your company is interested in donating an item for the auction, contact Trisha Marney at the Shawnee Country Club 422.9745. If you’re a chamber member restaurant or caterer you can expect a call from Tastes of Chairperson Barbara Steele. For more information about the Holiday Auction & Tastes of Milford or the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford call 422.3344, 5 S. Washington Street, or visit our website: www.milfordchamber.com.

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