Plymouth Chamber of Commerce auction beats record

November 15, 2017 by  

The Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce has had a pretty good year, and it got even better at the beginning of November, when the Chamber’s live auction raised the most it has in around a decade.

Wes Graff, the president of the Chamber of Commerce, estimates that the auction and gala brought in around $115,000.

Proceeds from the live auction go towards Chamber programs, which are designed to support the business community in Plymouth as well as the community overall.

Organizations that run auctions to raise money can use brochure printing to let potential bidders know what is up for grabs. This year, the Chamber of Commerce had a number of highly desirable items up for bids, such as five trips to pretty much anywhere in the world, an ice sculpture, and a ride with Santa Claus in a fire truck. Those items all got a serious number of bids.

Along with some fierce bidding, the Chamber received more sponsorship money than usual, which also helped it surpass its fundraising expectations.

The gala and live-auction were a time for the organization to look towards the future while remembering the past. The attendees observed a moment of silence during the event, in remembrance of Fran Toney, the former executive director of the Chamber. Toney led the chamber for 17 years and was responsible for creating the gala event.