Grand Giveaway Continues to Break Records
A record number of attendees joined the Sarpy County chamber of Commerce for their annual “Grand Giveaway” on Thursday, March 29th. This year marked the event’s move to the Beardmore Event Center in Bellevue to accommodate a 25% growth in attendance. Guests arrived at a 1950s styled Sock Hop setting for the live and silent auctions, dinner, and drinks.
The fundraiser benefitted the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce, who holds over 160 events a year designed to provide business and professional orientated education, advocacy, and leadership in the community. Funds raised at the Grand Giveaway go towards keeping those events free or low-cost. Annisa Visty, Vice President of Events & Special Programs, counts it as a tremendous success, saying “Last year was a record breaking year for this event and this year we saw a 25% increase in funds raised, so we’re thrilled to see that trajectory continue.”
In addition to an increase in attendance and proceeds, this year’s Grand Giveaway also had the most event sponsors it’s ever had with 58.
“We couldn’t have a successful event like this without our donors, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees,” says SCCC President, Karen Gibler, “Not only are they supporting the work we already do, they’re building up the foundation for us to grow and achieve new goals.”