One of the most important events — fundraising wise — for the Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce has been officially canned.

The chamber announced on Tuesday that its popular Chinese auction, originally set for March 11 then later postponed, won’t happen this year.

“We have, unfortunately, officially canceled this year’s Chinese auction fundraiser due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns,” reads a statement from the chamber on its Facebook page. “All ticket holders were sent an email yesterday about this, and all received a refund on their ticket purchases.”

The event which brought in $16,000 fundraising dollars last year, is used to help fund the festivals in the village.

All the donated raffle items for the cause will still be raffled off. Check back at GreaterBabylon for more details later on that.

“We are counting on those funds to allow us to continue to support our village businesses during the difficult time that lies ahead,” said Kelly Peckholdt, head of the chamber.

Top: File photo from last year’s Chinese auction by the Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce.