Olivet Chamber fundraiserThe Olivet Community Chamber of Commerce is intent on building off the momentum of its Light Up the Night event held last month. The fund-raiser netted the Chamber $1,700 towards its goal of beautifying downtown Olivet during the Christmas holiday.
In total, fund-raising efforts have raised more than $3,000 towards Christmas lights and decorations for the downtown corridor.
The Chamber, however, isn’t slowing down now. Board members have planned a Chamber Yard Sale to be held in conjunction with the Olivet Citywide Yard Sales that will take place on Friday and Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.
“Proceeds from the yard sale will help us purchase additional decorations,” said Sonia Thorndyke, Chamber board member. “Olivet is going to look beautiful this winter.”
Organizers of the Chamber Yard Sale, which will be located between The Coachlight Inn and Evelyn Colagero’s law office, are looking for donated items to sell during the two-day event. Items can be dropped off at Colagero’s office, located at 215 N. Main Street in downtown Olivet or contact Jim Ackerman at (269) 317-9727 to arrange a pick up time.
Thorndyke said efforts to beautify Olivet during the holidays really began with Becky Ramage, who served as Olivet Community Chamber of Commerce director for a number of years.
“It really took a lot of people to get this going,” Thorndyke said.
Local manufacturers Masterbilt Products, Olivet Machine Tool Engineering Company and Air-Way Manufacturing stepped forward to lend support in providing monetary donations to ensure Christmas lights would be purchased for downtown. Thorndyke said the Chamber is intent on building off of those efforts to really make the downtown a special place to be during the holidays.
For more information, or to get involved, contact Thorndyke at (269) 749-9774.