Auction and dinner being held for fireworks funding


Au GRES — To help achieve the Arenac County Celebration Fund’s goal of $12,000 for the fireworks in Au Gres, community members can drop in to the organization’s chicken dinner and auction Wednesday, June 11 at Ali’s UpNorth.

Jennifer Czymbor, a member of the celebration fund’s fireworks committee, said the cost of admission for the chicken dinner is a donation to the fireworks. Czymbor said the dinner starts at 4:30 p.m., with the auction kicking off around 6 p.m. Like in previous years, Ogemaw County Sheriff Howie Hanft will serve as the auctioneer, she said.

The event will also include entertainment in the form of a musician and artist group, Czymbor said.

“We have Empty Canvas, from Freeland,” she said. “They come in and sing and paint a picture, and then we auction that off.”

Empty Canvas has performed at the auction and dinner in the past, and Czymbor said they typically employ audience participation in their act.

Items on the auction block will include several donations from area businesses, according to Czymbor.

“We have a guy that goes out to all the businesses and gets their auction items,” she said. “He goes all over Arenac County items. Sometimes we’ll have Loons tickets and Tigers tickets.”

Czymbor said around 100 to 150 people usually attend the dinner and auction. She said patrons can show up later if they just want to attend the auction. The money raised at the auction will be added to the $2,200 raised at the fireworks committee’s quarter auction in April. Czymbor said the chicken dinner and live auction usually raises the bulk of the funding needed for the Au Gres fireworks.

“This year they said they’d like to get $12,000,” she said. “I think that’s what we’ve done in the past, about a $12,000 show.”

Fireworks T-shirts will be sold during the auction, Czymbor said.

For more information, contact Ali’s UpNorth at 989-876-7022.


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