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Chamber auction gearing up for Aug. 16

“Black and White” is theme for Chamber’s upcoming gala
The staff at the Ennis Chamber of Commerce are gearing up for what promises to be a great evening for the group’s annual fundraiser and auction set for August 16, and President Jeannette Patak said she’s excited about it.
“This year is shaping up to be a wonderful event,” she said. “We have been getting a great response from previous contributors as well as new, so I think this is going to be a good year and a fun night.”
The theme for the gala auction is “Black and white” but Patak wants guests to know that casual attire is still accepted.
“It’s black and white because some of our board members had attended previous events with the same theme and thought it would be an interesting one to try but as with all our events, casual attire is welcome,” she said. “The most important thing is for people to come and have fun so we want everyone to be comfortable.”
The premier civic event of the year features hundreds of auction items, such as package get-aways and special dinners, but Patak is intrigued by a new item to be donated this year.
“This will be fun and should go over very well,” Patak said. “The chef from the Brown Street Cafe is offering a gourmet class for six where students will learn how to prepare food and they will also learn proper knife skills. The best part is they get to eat what they prepare; I think this will be a great item for a fun-loving group to take part in.”
Other auction items that have been secured so far include a Texas Ranger ticket package that includes dinner at the Diamond Club and the buyer’s choice of attending any one game of the 2008 regular season; several outdoor BBQ pits; a cowboy cooker donated by the Junior High welding class; a romantic dinner package at the historic Moore House, now home of Sam and Joanne Ventura; Charles Gentry’s fish fry; a quilt from Beyond Linens; and oil changes and car batteries from Allen Samuels Autoplex.
One item Patak is offering guests to test out before they bid is a massage chair donated by Furniture by Sleep Quarters.
“That chair is amazing and if anyone wants to come by the chamber office and try it out, they are most welcome,” she said.
One popular big ticket item at the auction is the automobile raffle provided by the chamber in conjunction with Ennis Ford Mercury this year. This year’s prize is a 2008 Ford Mustang, and Patak said due to the interest it will draw, people will want to buy their tickets in advance.
“The car raffle is a very popular item and with a limited amount of tickets to be sold, we are encouraging everyone who wants one to take a chance because the prize is beautiful,” Patak said.
Tickets are $50 and are available at the office or from any member of the chamber board.
Patak said she would really like to thank merchants and others in the community for being so supportive and giving this year despite the rise in living costs.
“Ennis has really stepped up despite the economy,” she said. “Some places have scaled back what they can give, but they are still giving and we appreciate their generosity.”
The auction is scheduled for August 16 at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
Tickets are available for $35 per person at the Chamber office or from any member of the chamber board. For more information contact the office at 972-878-2625.

Candie Beck-Adams is community editor for the Ennis Daily News. She can be reached at candie@ennisdailynews.com.

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