Windsor Chamber Cares auction raises funds, creates memories

By Windsor Chamber of Commerce
Windsor - posted Wed., Apr. 17, 2013
(L-r) Jane Garibay, WCC executive director; Kristen Barbarotta, WCC president; Jenny and Rich Esposito; and Greg Walters of Loomis Chaffee School. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

It was an elegant and fun evening at the Windsor Chamber Cares auction at Maneeley’s Banquet Facility on Friday, April 5. A fun crowd, scrumptious hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and lots of exciting auction items made it a memorable experience. The newly introduced “You Want It, You Got It” – similar to eBay’s “Buy It Now” – allowed auction-goers to buy a silent auction item outright by bidding 25 percent over the value. It was a time-saver for those who really wanted a special item and didn’t want to hover over the card.

Activities include the always fun Heads and Tails game and Surprise Boxes. The surprise boxes are priced at $25 and include secret items valued between $25 and $50. This year, one box had a crisp $100 bill inside.

The live auction was eventful, with lively bidding on several of the 65 items, including a two-night stay at the Topside Inn at Boothbay Harbor in Maine. The action was pleasantly paused for a few special items like the Arthur Murray Dance Lessons with demonstration.

“The annual Chamber auction is a great place to bring friends, neighbors and business associates to share in the fun,” said Auction Committee Chair Bill Gombert, “and to support our local non-profit organizations.”

The Chamber auction benefits not only the Chamber of Commerce, but additional non-profits selected to be beneficiaries of the evening. This year, the beneficiaries were Windsor Education Foundation, Windsor Community Television and SS&C Summerwind Performing Arts Center.

Next year’s auction is set for April 4, 2014. That’s 4/4/14, an auspicious date and easy to remember! Mark your calendars. For more information, please call 860-688-5165 or go to or

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