BY DENISE SOBH
The Grosse Ile Garden Club helped spread Christmas spirit by holding its popular annual Christmas auction last month at Centennial Farms on Grosse Ile.
“This event has evolved over the last 40 years,” said Pat O’Brien, a member of the Grosse Ile Garden Club and Christmas auction committee member. “Originally, the event has been held at the regular December meeting, then moved to the VFW hall, and then to its current location at Centennial Farms on Grosse Ile.”
The auction was held from 9:30 a.m.-noon. A continental breakfast was provided courtesy of the board, as well as a light lunch following the auction. The cost of admission included a few non-perishable items for local food pantries.
“One hundred percent of all proceeds are equally divided between the Grosse Ile Goodfellows and the Downriver Salvation Army,” said O’Brien. “The Garden Club picks up all the expenses involved for the day.”
At this year’s auction, approximately 120 guests attended and had 73 items for auction, which are mostly donated by Garden Club members.
The Grosse Ile Garden Club was established in 1927 and is affiliated with Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc and the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
“We currently have 83 members and a nine member board ran by our President Pat Schmidt,” said O’Brien. “Our club meets on the second Monday of each month at the Colony Clubhouse on Macomb Street at 9 a.m., and we have various speakers throughout the year.”
The Garden Club supports six different community gardens on Grosse Ile, gives a scholarship to a deserving Grosse Ile student for college and donates a wreath for the annual Festival of Trees Fundraiser for Children’s Hospital of Michigan, among other activities.