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Chamber to put on virtual dinner and auction

Fundraiser is in place of its annual “Vintners and Brewers”


Last updated 11/10/2020 at 8:59am

The group that puts on popular events such as Colorama and the Harvest Festival is seeking to raise funds in a virtual auction and dinner to help them to keep functioning and hosting these events.

With a slew of events canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce has lost out on a lot of revenue to pay expenses such as rent and wages for its lone employee. 

“We really want the chamber to survive into the future when we can do live events again,” said board member Solveig Chaffee, who is working with others to organize the auction event. “We’re the only chamber within 65 miles that has a full-time employee and a full-time presence, and I know from experience in many organizations in the town that it’s tough to keep anything going that’s volunteer only. There needs to be that central person to pull things together and provide continuity as volunteers come and go, to know the details of what makes a successful event. I think it’s critical to keep her on or we won’t be able to continue as we have with these events.”

The GCDA Chamber Virtual Wine & Dine Auction will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 5-8 p.m. when attendees can bid on a variety of items ranging from overnight stays to boat rentals, golf, tools, paintings and more.

The overnight stays are as far away as Palm Springs, California and Mazatlán, Mexico.  

The event also includes food and alcohol that can be picked up at PK’s Culinary on Midway Avenue in Grand Coulee on the day of the event, Dec. 5, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Tickets for the event will be on sale from Nov. 9 - 30. 

A meal-and-auction ticket costs $40 and includes squash soup and glazed pork loin from PK’s culinary, along with a baguette from Voltage Coffee House and Holiday Siam Fried Rice from Siam Palace. Also included is a selection of Christmas cookies and a gingerbread house kit by Voltage.

Chaffee, who owns Voltage, said they are going to encourage people to share their gingerbread creations on social media. 

An alcohol package for two people sells for $45 and includes a cranberry cocktail, a bottle of pinot noir wine, and a “boozy eggnog made from scratch.”

An auction-only ticket costs $5.

To buy tickets or find more details on the event, including items available for bid, go to 

Those who are unable to attend the auction event are encouraged to simply donate at the same website.


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