One of the biggest events of the year for the Babylon Chamber of Commerce, the annual Chinese Auction, is planned for next month.

Last year, the auction raised $14,000 for the non-profit organization, which was $5,000 more than the year prior.

In its eighth year, the chamber will be hosting the fundraiser at the newly opened wedding venue, The Piermont, on Thursday, March 14. The auction was typically held at at the American Legion at 22 Grove Place.

“We’re running doing it at the Piermont —a larger location—so that we can accommodate a larger crowd and continue to grow the event,” said Kelly Peckholdt, the chamber’s president.

The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m., with a $10 cover charge at the door. The entry fee includes 25 raffle tickets, coffee, tea, and dessert.

There will also be a cash bar and additional food available for purchase.

Patrons can buy addition raffle sheets for an extra $5 worth of raffles for giveaways.

to donate

Anyone who is interested in donating a prize for the auction, email babylonvillagechamber1@gmail.com.

“It’s a great opportunity for business owners and professional offices to get their names out there with a raffle donation,” said Peckholdt. “We announce their business to guests throughout the night.”

Top: Scene from last year’s Chinese Auction. (Credit: Bruce Lorenz)