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In one hour, Wadsworth chamber raises $5,100 for scholarships

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The March meeting of the Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce had a special type of fundraising entertainment that produced more than $5,100 in donations Wednesday at The Galaxy Banquet Center.

Money from the 2016 Easter Basket Scholarship Auction will go toward 10 scholarships of $500 each to be used for college books for Wadsworth students along. There also will be a $1,000 scholarship, which is a tribute to the chamber’s late treasurer Dave Hopkins, for a student who plans to study accounting. Also, a $500 donation came from H&S Tool and other fundraisers are planned.

After leaders discussed upcoming events, 60 gift baskets were auctioned and auctioneer Joe McNeill’s goal was to finish the bidding on all of them within 60 minutes.

Items donated included high school football tickets, bread, wine, golf outings, pet services, Akron RubberDucks tickets, restaurant visits — and, of course, chocolate. One-of-a-kind items included a ceramic fountain from Home Depot and a “Frozen” movie-themed child’s scooter from Seibert-Keck Insurance.

The 60 baskets were displayed for the 135 attendees on tables at the front and down the middle of the banquet room.

During the business portion of the meeting, leaders announced that nominations were being accepted for chamber honors called the Rosie Awards with a celebration of the winners set for April 27.

Also, the chamber said its annual golf outing will be June 20 at Rawiga Golf and Swim Club in Guilford Township.

On Wednesday, a first-of-its-kind chamber breakfast meeting will begin at 7:15 a.m. at the Sub Station restaurant, 116 High St. Cost is $12.

For more chamber information, visit www.wadworthchamber.com or call (330) 336-6150.

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