- Jul 24, 2017
Looking ahead to the fall, plans are already under way for the annual Auction and Taste, the Chamber’s largest fundraiser. This year’s extravaganza is set for Monday, October 30th at the Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel. A traditional highlight of the event is the “Taste of the North Shore” featuring 18 area restaurants. and a lively bidfest for valuable products and services donated by area businesses. Every year the Auction attracts over 400 attendees.
Sponsorships are critical to the event’s success, providing an outstanding opportunity to both support the organization and gain valuable marketing exposure. Sponsorships of different levels are available and offer a range of benefits including complimentary tickets to the event. To ensure their spot and to take full advantage of the promotional opportunity, sponsors are encouraged to sign up early.
The Auction is already off to a great start with Allstate Insurance Company generously stepping up to be the 2017 Presenting Sponsor. The highest level VIP sponsorship is $350 which includes the sponsor’s logo on event collateral. Both VIP sponsorships and Major Sponsorships ($250) include listings in newspaper ads, on promotional posters, in newsletters mailed to major civic and business leaders, on the Chamber website and Facebook pages. Anyone interested in attending the event should consider a Patron Sponsorship, which includes complimentary admission to the Auction and raffle tickets as well as a listing in the program.
The success of the Auction is also dependent on the many volunteers who help plan event logistics, secure donations and solicit sponsorships. Help is also needed both behind the scenes and at the event. Auction planning sessions begin in late August.