(K.S. BROOKS/Chewelah Independent)
GOING, GOING, GONE: Chamber readies for year’s biggest fundraiser…
What do the Chewelah Float, Little League, Boofest, City-Wide Cleanup and curb painting, the Home & Garden Show, Distinguished Young Women, “Meet and Greet” your candidates nights, the Mayor’s Youth Awards, flower baskets and holiday lights downtown all have in common? The Chewelah Chamber of Commerce has its hand in all of them.
The Chamber actually supports a lot more activities, organizations, and events than people realize. In order to fund all of the work they do, they hold a dinner and auction once a year. This is the ninth year the Chamber will hold the fundraiser, which will take place on Saturday, September 21 in the Civic Center.
Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. for a preview of the silent auction items.
Dinner, which is champagne chicken or prime rib catered by Lori Roberts’ Catering for You, starts at 6 p.m. For those interested only in participating in the silent and live auctions, those will start at approximately 7 p.m., and admission is free.
There will be more than 80 silent and live auction items, including two logging truckloads of firewood, a resort stay, metal sculpture by Dave Fitzgerald, dental work, hotel stay packages, several rounds of golf, car detailing, season passes, sports tickets and septic pumping services, along with many other items donated by businesses and individuals. There will also be a gift card basket raffle and a couple of other raffles throughout the evening.
This year, the Chamber is trying something new for dessert – there will be 21 desserts for 21 tables – and each table will put a bid in their envelope, and whoever bids the most gets to choose first. Desserts are made by different community members, and there is bound to be quite a lot of deliciousness involved. Tickets for the dinner are $30 per person and are available at Akers United Drug, Valley Drug and at the Chamber office.
Tickets will not be available at the door as the event is expected to sell out as it has in previous years.
“The Chewelah Chamber is the ‘tourism’ office for the city and provides regional promotion through brochures, presence at trade shows, targeted Facebook posts and print advertising in publications that promote our area as a destination of choice. The local Chamber office is staffed weekly, Tuesday through Friday,” the Chamber stated in a recent press release. For more information, call the Chamber at 935-8595.