By Terry Rogers
The holiday season kicked off in Milford on Thursday, November 21, with the 7th Annual Holiday Auction and Taste of Milford event at The Rookery North. Approximately 50 people stood outside the doors of the club waiting for the doors to open at 6 PM. The event, which benefitted the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Milford and the Mispillion Art League, is a highly anticipated event each year.
“It is a wonderful way to get the community together to eat, drink and be merry,” said Barbara Steele, co-chair of the event. “Every year, we get more and more contributors, and it always helps a wonderful cause. This year we added Arena’s, Milford Diner, Gigante, as well as Delmarva Popcorn, and other contributors come back every year.”
At the event, participating food contributors offered “tastes” of their trademark menu items as attendees strolled through looking at silent and live auction items that they may bid on. This year’s silent auction items included gift certificates from area restaurants and service industries, as well as many items perfect for the holiday gift giving season. Live auction items included the ability to be a guest DJ on three Delmarva Broadcasting radio stations, a Mercedes pedal car from IG Burton, art work and more.
“This was my first year as co-chair and I was thrilled with the amount of support from the community,” said Stephanie Bradley of Walgreens. “We had so many nice things donated and it was a very, very fun event.” Both Ms. Bradley and Ms. Steele say that the event showcases the many wonderful businesses in Milford and is a great way to kick off the holiday season.
“We see a lot of the same faces every year at this event, and we just love it,” said Jo Schmeiser, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Milford. “We so appreciate the support from the community and over 200 people attend each year, including some of our state legislators.” Representative Dave Wilson acted as auctioneer for the live auction portion of the evening, which was also attended by Representative Harvey Kenton and Senator Gary Simpson.
“This is the first time the Mispillion Art League has worked with the chamber for this event,” said Pearl Burbage who is the Public Relations Director for the Mispillion Art League. “They came to us in September last year, but it was too late for us as we already had events planned through the rest of the year, but we promised to help this year. It has been a wonderful experience. In fact, I went to my family doctor and he asked what I was up to as he always does. When I told him, he also donated an item, so that just shows how terrific this event is. I’m tired, but it is a good tired.”
Last year’s event raised over $6,000 with proceeds split between Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford and the Milford School District. Totals from this year’s event are still being tabulated.