2017-10-12 / Business

Davison Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors Harvest Auction to fund scholarships

Timothy Mucciante
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Patrick Miller, Davison Township Treasurer and Davison Area Chamber of Commerce board member, stands next to the handcrafted rocking horse from last year’s auction. Pictured right is chamber executive director LaDawn Hastings. Photo courtesy Davison Area Chamber of Commerce. 
Photo by Timothy Mucciante Patrick Miller, Davison Township Treasurer and Davison Area Chamber of Commerce board member, stands next to the handcrafted rocking horse from last year’s auction. Pictured right is chamber executive director LaDawn Hastings. Photo courtesy Davison Area Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Timothy Mucciante The Davison Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Harvest Auction for the chamber’s Community Scholarship Fund, at the Davison Country Club on Thurssday, Oct. 19. The purpose of the auction is to raise funds for scholarships given to Davison High School students.

LaDawn Hastings, executive director of the Davison Area Chamber of Commerce, described the event, “All of the money that is collected for admission goes towards the scholarships as well as the proceeds from the auction itself. How it works is the more money we raise, the more scholarships we are able to give out to the Davison High School students. Typically, what we do is we give three to four to the Davison High School and we always give one to the alternative education graduate.” Each scholarship the Chamber of Commerce gives is $500.

Hasting described the available items to be bid on at the auction, “Last year we had 40 baskets, and these baskets are donated by our chamber members and businesses here throughout the community. They put baskets together and they range anywhere from $25 to $1,000, for instance, just depending on what it is they're donating. Many businesses will put services or products from their own business so that, obviously, it's promoting them as well. Last year we had a basket that had a golf package.”

Hastings said there is one very special auction item this year, that was also an auction item last year. “We also had a rocking horse that was carved by one of our board members and he's doing another one of those this year, too. Just a beautiful piece.”

The handcrafted rocking horse is made by Patrick Miller, Davison Township treasurer and Chamber board member. This will be the fourth year in a row he has donated a handcrafted rocking horse.

Attending the auction for the food alone, Hastings said, would be a bargain. “Everyone is going to have a great time and there's a variety to bid on. It also includes a wonderful meal that is sponsored and donated by the Davison Country Club. Anyone who has ever been to the country club knows how fabulous the food is and so that's all included in your admission price so you can't go wrong.”

Hastings emphasized she wants increased awareness of the event and the work done by the Davison Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are really trying to get the public aware of the event and that everyone is welcome to attend and participate, not just businesses and chamber members,” Hastings said. “We would love to have them buy their tickets in advance however they are still welcome to come that evening and pay at the door. Any business or group committing to eight people will receive a VIP table giving them signage on their table along with prime sitting,” Hastings added.

The Davison Community Country Club is located at 9512 E. Lippincott Blvd. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the admission cost is $5 for chamber members and $10 for non-members. A cash bar will be available.

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