ROCKPORT – Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce’s glitzy annual fund-raiser is tonight at the Samoset Resort, where money, gifts, services and package deals will be auctioned or raffled for hours.
This is the Chamber’s big annual funding-raising push to help keep membership operations going.
“It’s the second-largest revenue source for the Chamber,” said Shari Closter, assistant director, on Thursday. The yearly auction usually brings in a $25,000 profit, she said.
This year marks the first auction under the organization’s new identity as Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The name change earlier this year from Rockland-Thomaston Area Chamber of Commerce was a move to better reflect its membership. The Chamber has 766 members from 83 ZIP codes, with just about half from Rockland and Thomaston.
The event, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Samoset’s State of Maine Hall, will feature a live auction, raffles and a silent auction. Preview hour is 5 to 6 p.m., with the live auction beginning at 6 p.m. A dinner concession stand opens at 5 p.m., offering a selection of foods.
There will be several $100 raffles throughout the evening and a new “Friday the 13th Lucky Number Elimination Draw.”
This elimination draw board consists of 100 numbers being sold at $20 each, in which one winner will receive a cash prize of $500. Tickets for the numbered spots on the board will be sold in advance at the Chamber and the evening of the auction.
As the evening unfolds, numbers will be randomly selected and removed from the board, until only one winning number remains. Some numbers will have prizes under them, too. Only 100 tickets will be sold for the elimination draw.
A few of the items to be auctioned are a Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Inc. No. 601/2 low-angle adjustable block plane personally signed by Thomas Lie-Nielsen; a model of the Victory Chimes schooner donated by the Maine State Prison Industries showroom; a photograph, “Breakwater Dawn,” by Peter Ralston; and a dinner for four at the Rockland fire station prepared by the crew, including transportation in a firetruck.
All auction items are posted on the Chamber’s Web site: www.TheRealMaine.com.
Admission is free. For information, contact the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce at 596-0376.