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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Amplifying "Mingle & Munch" at the Northbrook Chamber of Commerce

The Northbrook Chamber of Commerce presented an all-new outdoor "Mingle & Munch" fundraising event featuring a variety of local restaurants and caterers serving delicious food, silent auctions, and fun surprises.

The sold out “Mingle & Munch” was a relaxed opportunity for fellow members to connect while enjoying menu samples under the spacious tent at Butterfield’s Restaurant.

The new event incorporated elements of the traditional Auction and Taste, adapted to be a safe gathering in line with COVID restrictions. The exciting silent auction items include hotel stays, restaurant cards, and special gift packages. This festive fundraiser supported the Chamber's many programs and services.

Chamber fundraisers are essential to maintaining the organization’s high level of services while keeping dues as low as possible. The cancellation of major fundraisers in 2020, followed by the inability to hold a 300+ attendee indoor Taste & Auction this year, has compounded the problem at a time when operating expenses are increasing.

"The changing circumstances around COVID have required us to be extra creative with our programming. Fortunately, our members have been very understanding and supportive," notes Program and Events Manager Katie Walther.

"Moving the event outdoors allows us to bring members together with the fun social atmosphere that has always been part of the Auction & Taste.

AmpliVox’s powerful and versatile B9254 sound system was donated to support the event, playing music, making announcements and presentations clearly to all in attendance.

The B9254 package includes the AmpliVox SW925 Digital Audio Travel Partner PA, an all-in-one system that amplifies sound from microphones, streaming devices, and other audio inputs.

It is important for the emcee to make sure that all in attendance can hear clearly and effortlessly. A portable address system facilitates an emcee to announce the items up for bid and introduce participants all while managing the fundraising event and communicating with the crowd.