Sponsors, Donations Needed for Auction & Taste

Sponsors, Donations Needed for Auction & Taste

The Chamber is pleased to announce plans are in the works for the upcoming 23rd 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 18 of the area’s finest restaurants as well as a chance to win the $1000 cash raffle prize. A festive autumn theme will be the backdrop for the event which attracts hundreds of Chamber 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 for membership programs and community services, and keep Chamber dues affordable for all businesses. Members who have already made a commitment to support the Auction this year include Highland Baking, sponsor of the $1000 raffle; Sunset Foods, the Wine Sponsor; and Washburn Envelope, the printing sponsor.

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 at the event and in Chamber publications. The Major Sponsorship offers visibility in event collateral. Both also include two complimentary admissions to the event.  The Patron Sponsorship is designed for anyone planning to attend the Auction and wants to provide a little extra support for the Chamber. The sponsorship includes two complimentary admissions, five raffle tickets and company name listed in the event program.

Chamber 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 gain maximum exposure, participants are asked to return the enclosed Sponsor and Donation flyer by Wednesday, September 7.

Auction Wish List
The following items are always popular and generate a lot of interest from Auction bidders and attention to your business:

  • Small electronic items
  • Golf Foursomes
  • Sports, Theater or Concert tickets
  • Restaurant Certificates
  • Overnight Hotel Stays
  • Catered Dinner Parties
  • Jewelry
  • 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:029IMG_9612
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Di Pescara
Elegance in Meats
Francesca’s North
Granite City Food & Brewery
Hilton Chicago Northbrook
House 406
Johnny’s Kitchen & Tap
Mesa Urbana
Noodles and Company
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
The Claim Company

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