“We decided to have a chili supper fundraiser because they’re a traditional kind of gathering in our community,” said Millersburg resident Graciela Estill, one of the event organizers.
The Holmes County Democratic Party Chili Supper and Silent Auction in support of Brown will be Saturday, March 25 from 5-8 p.m. at the Darb Snyder Senior Center, 170 Parkview Drive, Millersburg.
The supper is an opportunity to gather, share a meal and raise funds that will be needed for upcoming campaigning. “Community members interested in supporting Sherrod Brown and spending a fun evening with neighbors can reserve seats,” said Denice Rovira Hazlett. Hazlett, another organizer of the dinner, also is a Millersburg resident.
“We wanted to have this event now so we can build some seed money to sponsor a larger fundraiser in the near future to support Sherrod Brown’s re-election campaign in 2018,” Estill said.
Estill supports the senator’s stand on women and his advocacy for hard-working Americans. “He supports me as a self-employed woman. He works hard for the working class and wants protections in place so none of us fall through the cracks.”
Hazlett echoed Estill’s thoughts about Brown’s commitment to working people. “I like what Brown is doing through his most-recent plan. He’s all about requiring companies to provide earned sick leave and family leave, cracking down on wage theft and worker misclassification, requiring advance notice for employee schedules, making retirement and savings more accessible and portable for all workers, and preventing employers from shifting workforce costs onto the taxpayers.”
A chili supper seemed a down-to-earth choice to launch local fundraising efforts for Brown. Several varieties of chili will be available at the supper including vegetarian options.
“We have excellent cooks in our group,” Estill said, “and chili suppers are usually well-attended.”
Chili may be the star, but it’s not the only item on the agenda. The full menu will include salads, corn breads, desserts, water and coffee. Soft drinks will be available and may be purchased separately.
The evening also will include a silent auction with a wide variety of items crafted and donated by local artisans as well as donations of local services.
Killbuck resident Leslie McKelley is another event organizer. McKelley said, “The silent auction has brought a great selection of locally produced items and services so far, and we’re expecting more. Right now we’ve received things [from] gorgeous handmade glass jewelry, artisanal syrup, specialty coffee, home-decor items and gift certificates to Bomb Ink and local massage therapists.”
The community is invited to contribute services and products. The suggested donation for the meal is $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.
To attend the event and/or donate to the silent auction, email the organization at HolmesCountyDemocrats@gmail.com. Reservations are required. Send an email including the number of guests, names of guests and a phone number.
Published: March 15, 2017