- Aug 18, 2017
The Chamber is pleased to announce plans are underway for the upcoming 24th Annual Auction and Taste. The annual extravaganza will feature more than 130 items up for bid in both a Live and Silent Auction, a lavish sampling buffet prepared by 17 of the area’s finest restaurants as well as a chance to win $1000 cash raffle prize. A festive autumn theme will be the backdrop for the event which attracts hundreds of business, civic and community leaders from throughout the North Shore.
The Auction and Taste is the Chamber’s most important fundraiser and sponsors are critical to its success. Funds raised from the event help offset the cost of membership programs and community services, and keep dues affordable for all businesses. Longtime Chamber supporter Allstate is returning as the event’s Presenting Sponsor and Highland Baking has renewed its commitment to support the Auction by sponsoring the $1000 grand raffle.
However, many other important sponsorships are still available. Sponsors gain valuable exposure with recognition in ads, the newsletter circulated to 1,000 Chamber contacts, promotional posters, a listing in the event program and on the Chamber’s website. The top level VIP Sponsorship offers the greatest exposure with your company logo appearing on event collateral and in Chamber publications. The Major Sponsorship offers listings in event collateral. Both also include two complimentary admissions to the event.
The Patron Sponsorship is designed for anyone planning to attend the Auction who wants to provide a little extra support for the Chamber. The sponsorship includes two complimentary admissions, five raffle tickets and acknowledgement in the event program.
Members can also play an important role in the event through donations to the Silent or Live Auction, where attendees engage in lively bidding. Donations of all kinds, from restaurant gift certificates to hard to obtain sports tickets are popular items and help raise significant funds for the organization. Items must have at least a $50 value (see Auction Wish List).
To take full advantage of the sponsor benefits, participants are asked to return the enclosed Sponsor and Donation flyer by the end of September.
Auction Wish List
The following items are always popular and generate a lot of interest from Auction bidders:
- Small Tech Items
- Golf Foursomes
- Sports, Theater or Concert Tickets
- Restaurant Certificates
- Overnight Hotel Stays
- Catered Dinner Parties
- Vacation Getaways
Restaurants Lining Up for Taste
A highlight of the Annual Auction is the “Taste of the North Shore” featuring outstanding fare from Chamber member restaurants. The “Taste” includes mouthwatering appetizer and entrée samplings along with beer, wine and soft drinks from 5:00 – 6:30 pm and an assortment of desserts starting at 6:30 pm. Already signed on are:
- Di Pescara
- Elegance in Meats
- Granite City
- Hilton Chicago Northbrook
- Johnny’s Kitchen & Tap
- McCormick & Schmick’s
- P. F. Chang’s China Bistro
- Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel
- Ruth’s Chris Steak House
- The Claim Company
- Trattoria Oliverii