Welcome to The Great Outdoors; Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce’s Grand Giveaway 2017!
On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, the ballrooms at the Livestock Exchange Building were decked out with fabulous prizes and wonderful surprises. The occasion was the Grand Giveaway, the premier fund-raiser for the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce. It’s an annual excuse to get together with our fellow SCCC members to network, enjoy great food & drink, have fun and provide funding for the myriad good things the Sarpy County Chamber brings to the metro area. With sponsors and donors providing everything from lodging and vacation trips to Husker football tickets to music and sports memorabilia to golf outings with local dignitaries, this night is always a hoot.
Folks browsed the tables full of gifts while enjoying punch, cocktails and some background music. This year’s theme, “The Great Outdoors”, had Sarpy Co. Chamber President Karen Gibler decked out like a Park Ranger, as were the staff, Annisa, Candi, Michelle, Lisa and Celeste. Some other creative Sarpy Co. folks donned flannel shirts, fake beards and axes and became lumberjacks for the night; how fun!
After browsing the silent auction prizes, sipping a couple cocktails and eating a wonderful meal, everyone was smiling and obviously enjoying the evening as the live auction got under way. Auctioneers Martie Cordaro and Travis Castle used their quick wits and mighty powers of persuasion to cajole, squeeze, encourage and hustle ever-higher bids from the packed ballroom, sometimes entering the bidding themselves. It’s all great fun for a very good cause, of course, and the generosity and support shown by Grand Giveaway attendees is a beautiful thing to behold.
Midwest Sound & Lighting was again a proud sponsor of The Grand Giveaway, and supplied sound systems, wireless microphones and background music for the event. We used one pair of JBL VRX-932 speakers, an Allen & Heath ZED mixer, Shure wireless mics and a QSC amplifier to provided crystal-clear, feedback-free audio reinforcement for the auction and a single, 1,000 watt QSC K-8 powered speaker for background music for the silent auction browsers.
We congratulate our Sarpy County Chamber buddies on yet another terrific event and look forward to next year’s, “Grand Giveaway”. I wonder what theme they’ll dream up for 2018…?