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Eight Reasons to Attend the Sizzlin’ Summer Silent Auction & Raffle

Eight Reasons to Attend the Sizzlin’ Summer Silent Auction & Raffle

1. Pack your bags: you and 9 friends are going to Acapulco!

photo of the private villa in Acapulco that the highest bidder will be staying at for one week

It’s February. It won’t stop snowing. It takes the car your whole commute to even warm up.
Stir crazy and ready to escape? How about you get 9 friends together and head to some place much warmer?

Explore one of Mexico’s oldest coastal cities, and stay in a private, gated villa. The villa sleeps 10 people, and hosts a staff ready to cater to your every need.  Not many vacations come with your own private chef, masseuse and bartender, but then again, not many vacations are quite like this one.

Thank you to our generous sponsor, Acabay Inc, for making your dream vacation possible.

Tip: Come with a game plan. Find your group, and figure out who is going to place the bid ahead of time. This is a blind bid, so the trip goes to the highest bid. The trip is valued at $14,000.


2) The fabulous items don’t stop at Acapulco

tradewinds earrings up for bid at this year's silent auction


Around 100 items will be up for bid, ranging from jewelry and dining gift certificates to electronics and artwork.  No matter your interest and budget, you are guaranteed to find something that speaks to you.

See who is donating on our blog, and be sure to periodically check our Facebook and Instagram for auction item sneak previews.

Tip: Don’t wait for someone to start the bidding on an item you like. If you want it, go for it, and just keep a close eye on the sheet throughout the night. There will be reminders of when the bidding closes, so you can plan accordingly.


3) Try your luck at a raffle

a silent auction attendee decides where to place his raffle tickets at last year's silent auction

Not feeling like participating in the silent auction, or want to boost your chances of going home a winner. Several items will be placed in a raffle. You can buy tickets for as little as $5.

Tip: You must stay around until the end of the night when we pull the raffle items. Be sure to also hang on to your ticket and be present in the room when we call numbers.


4) Still plenty of time to network


The Sizzlin’ Summer Auction & Raffle is our March Business After Hours event, so in addition to the ability to bid and raffle on incredible items, you can continue to expand your network.

Our auction is also one of our biggest networking events of the year, so you will meet a diverse group of members.

Tip: Bring your business cards!!


5)  Check out DoubleTree by Hilton’s stunning renovations

photo of the DoubleTree's four story atrium

The event takes place in the stylish, modern and lushly planted atrium. The 252 Tavern, also situated in the atrium is loaded with old-world English charm.

Tip: Another great perk of being at the DoubleTree by Hilton: Parking. There is plenty of parking so you don’t have to fret about walking too far with all the items you won.


6) Amazing food and drinks

wine glass cheers

Your entry into this event includes appetizers and a free drink. Thanks to our generous sponsors, DoubleTree by Hilton and Farrell Distributing, you can indulge your taste buds.

Tip: Be sure to save room for a DoubleTree cookie!!


7) Great music

photo of top hat entertainment suitcase with logo

Top Hat Entertainment knows how to keep the party going. Their music catalog is extensive, and their team are experts on reading the crowd and energy in the room.  You will have the optimal soundtrack for placing your bid and exchanging business cards–we guarantee it!


8) Support some great causes

Burlington Code Academy displays their check for $15,000 for winning the LaunchVT pitch competition

Proceeds from this event benefit the Lifelong Learning Fund, a 501 c(3) non-profit that supports the Lake Champlain Chamber’s various workforce development programs like LaunchVT and TIPS. Your donation goes directly to supporting our emerging workforce.

Interested in joining us at this free and unique networking event?

Register here