MAL Partners With Chamber on Holiday Auction

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Front Row: (L to R) Cathy Serwalt, Judy Kirkpatrick, Pearl Burbage, & Sara Gallagher- Mispillion Art League, Stephanie Bradley- Walgreen’s Back Row: (L to R) Liz Messick, April Abel & Sharon Hepford-Mispillion Art League, Laurie Judd-Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford
Front Row: (L to R) Cathy Serwalt, Judy Kirkpatrick, Pearl Burbage, & Sara Gallagher- Mispillion Art League, Stephanie Bradley- Walgreen’s
Back Row: (L to R) Liz Messick, April Abel & Sharon Hepford-Mispillion Art League, Laurie Judd-Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford

Staff Report

Representatives from the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford and the Mispillion Art League (MAL) met recently and are moving full speed ahead with the planning of the 7th Annual Holiday Auction & Tastes of Milford, sponsored by i.g. Burton. The event which will benefit MAL will be held at the Rookery North again this year, filling the entire facility with approximately 100 auction items and several food vendors.

“The art league is a perfect fit as the Holiday Auction & Tastes of Milford co- beneficiary, as art has been a very popular item for both the silent and live auctions in past years,” commented Jo Schmeiser, Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford. ” The Mispillion Art League definitely falls into the continuing efforts to brand Milford ‘River Town, Art Town, Home Town’. The art league has been part of the beautification of downtown, has been a part of economic development, and they offer unique services (art classes and workshops) for people of all ages and capabilities.”

The Mispillion Art League was founded and incorporated on June 15, 2004, and has been a member of the chamber since 2008. The art league is supported by membership, dues, donations, grants and endowments. The Art League holds classes in drawing, watercolors, oils and jewelry, with plans to expand workshops into many other genres of the visual arts and a fundraising opportunity like the Holiday Auction & Tastes of Milford will help support future plans of the art league.

On a tasty note, Tastes-of Chairpersons Barbara Steele and Stephanie Bradley, have confirmed the following food vendors: Abbott’s Grill, Arena’s, Betty Lou’s, Burgers-N-Beans, the Carlisle Ladies Auxiliary, Delmarva Popcorn and Nut Company, Gigante’, Grotto Pizza, Mr. Bar-B-Que, Subway, The Rookery North, Troops Barbecue and Walmart.

“There are no other events in Milford that provide you with an opportunity to sample tastes from this many area restaurants and caterers,” commented Schmeiser. “so it doesn’t matter if you’ve lived her all your life, or you’re new to the area, you’re going to love the culinary choices.”

The Holiday Auction & Tastes of Milford is also the only event in Milford that, in addition to the wonderful food, you have the opportunity to shop, have fun & network with friends and colleagues, and meet new people. According to the Chamber of Commerce, on average, over the last six years, there have been at least 100 silent and live auction items to choose from. Currently there are close to fifty items donated which include hand-made walking sticks, paintings, wall hangings, gift cards, gift baskets and jewelry, window cleaning and hotel stays. Since the event is the weekend before Thanksgiving it is the perfect time and place to do some holiday shopping all in one place.

To purchase tickets, make a donation, or for additional information contact the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford at 422.3344, or email milford@milforchamber.com. As usual the Holiday Auction will be held the week before Thanksgiving, Thursday November 21, 2013 with doors opening at 6 pm and running until 9 pm. Advance tickets are $20, and if there are any left, they will be $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the chamber, located at 411. N. Rehoboth Blvd., or at the Mispillion Art League located at 5 N. Walnut Street in Downtown Milford.