April 10, 2019IMLAY CITY/LUM — The bidding was lively at Saturday's (April 6) 2019 Busker Fest Auction at Castle Creek Golf Club.
Sponsored by the Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce, money raised from the evening's silent and live auctions will go toward the costs associated with the 2019 Michigan Busker Fest on June 14-15.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shannon Hamel reported Monday that the total bid numbers amounted to more than $17,000.
Hamel thanked the auctioneers, Brian Rowley and Ray Krakowski, for donating their services for the evening.
"It was really a nice night," said Hamel. "We had a lot of fun and the auctioneers did a great job of keeping the bidding moving.
"Attendance was down a little from last year," she said, "but everybody who was there seemed to have a great time."
Auctioneers Ray Krakowski and Brian Rowley again donate their time and talents to raise funds for the Imlay City Busker Fest on Saturday. photo by Catherine Minolli.
Hamel acknowledged the efforts of this year's Busker Fest Auction Committee, which consisted of Dennis Collison, Angel Lawlor, Barb Yockey, Frank Demske and Kim Jorgensen.
"The committee was essential to putting the event together," said Hamel. "Thanks especially to our generous sponsors and donors, and to all those who came out on Saturday to bid on items."
She also acknowledged the assistance and support of volunteers, Chris Newton, Leah Mills, Karen Johnson, Rob Mette and Ian Kempf.
"The event could not have been a success without everyone's help," Hamel said.
During a break in the festivities, Chamber of Commerce President Barb Yockey took the opportunity to recognize several businesses that are marking anniversaries this year.
Those businesses included: CC's Computer Repair, 15 years; Churchill Insurance, 35 years; Country Smoke House, 25 years; Imlay City Historical Museum, 40 years; Kapala Heating & Cooling, 40 years; Lapeer County Vision Center, 15 years; Mallard Creek Services, Inc., 5 years; Mette Financial Group, 10 years; Toyo Seat U.S.A., 30 years; and View Newspapers, 10 years.
Donations still welcome
Anyone unable to attend the auction, who would like to offer their financial support to the 2019 Michigan Busker Fest, may do so by calling the Imlay City Chamber of Commerce Office at 810-724-1361. Or contact Shannon Hamel directly at 810-542-3256.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.