Chamber to host 10th annual Holiday Auction, Tastes of Milford

MILFORD — The annual Holiday Auction and Tastes of Milford has become an annual tradition, now in its tenth year.

Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford’s Executive Director Jo Schmeiser said although change is inevitable, one thing has been a staple to the annual event.

“One thing that hasn’t changed in those 10 years: Dave Wilson has been our auctioneer since day one. Some of the restaurants have been with us since the beginning, too,” she said.

What does change every year, however, is the nonprofit member organization the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford chooses to work with as a beneficiary to the event.

This year’s beneficiary is the Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club who will be bringing “a plethora” of volunteers.

Donating money to local organizations is Ms. Schmeiser’s favorite part of the event, she added.

“We’re a nonprofit ourselves and we basically operate from member fees and donations. For one nonprofit to give back to another nonprofit is pretty rare,” she said. “It’s a warm and fuzzy. For all of the great things they do for our community, it’s nice to be able to give back.”

The seating arrangement has also changed over the years.

“When we first started, everybody would have a seat. But we found that everybody would load up their plates and, well, go have a seat. So eventually, we got rid of all of the sit down tables,” she explained.

The event features both silent and live auctions of all varieties and price tags.

White envelopes colored by children at the Boys and Girls Club will be found on another table with unknown gift cards inside. Each card will be $20, although the amount on the card inside will be $25 and up.

A Wall of Cheer will host a similar concept with bottles of wine or liquor which will be found inside. Each will cost $10, but the buyer will not know what the bottle contains until it is pulled out of the wall.

“Tastes of Milford” will be available throughout the evening as at least ten local restaurant vendors will be on hand to offer samples. Rookery North will also have a signature cocktail available.

Ms. Schmeiser said she hopes the event is sold out in support of both the chamber and the Boys and Girls Club.

“Money is great, but I think what is important is having a packed house to show the support from the community for both organizations. I want to see a sellout crowd, everyone having a good time, new customers for the food vendors… basically for everybody’s businesses to grow and for the community to show support for the chamber and Boys and Girls Club.”

The event will take place at Rookery North Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford at 302-422-3344.

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