Businesses and Charities Working Together

Businesses and charities can work together for everyone's benefit. The "Windsor Chamber Cares" annual benefit auction has been proving that for thirty years, and will again on April 4th. Amanda Pawlik, Executive Director of the Windsor Art Center is always looking for ways to get the word out.  This year the Art Center was selected as one of three beneficiaries of the Windsor Chamber Cares auction.  "We are so honored to be participating.  We are not only eager to spread the word about the Windsor Art Center, but we are also excited that the proceeds will support our efforts in offering diverse, free programming in the visual and performing arts right here in town.   We look forward to seeing both familiar and new faces at the auction," said Pawlik.


The Windsor Education Foundation is another non-profit organization that will benefit from the auction. "We are proud and very thankful to the Chamber. Support from this event will enhance and impact student education for years to come," said Lori Hartmann, president of the Windsor Education Foundation.

And the third beneficiary of the Windsor Chamber Cares auction is the "SEND Windsor to our Troops" program from Win-TV which "sends care packages to Windsor troops serving in war zones. People are very generous with items for the packages, but cash for postage has been more difficult to obtain.  Being a beneficiary of the Chamber auction will ensure that we can continue mailing morale-boosting packages to our service members," says Jenny Hawran, Administrator of Win-TV.

The Windsor Chamber of Commerce is the also a beneficiary of its own auction, of course.  As a non-profit organization, the Chamber helps businesses work together for their mutual benefit, provides voice in legislative matters and improves the quality of life in Windsor through various community and educational programs.

"We've been running our charitable auction for thirty years in order to support our goals and to help other local charities. We've raised over $600,000 over the years for other charitable groups which we believe has made a positive effect in our beloved community," said Executive Director, Jane Garibay.

Tickets for the auction are $45 and include a wide array of hot hors d'oeuvres and carving stations. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door. The auction will take place on Friday, April 4th at 5:30 pm at Maneeley's Banquet Facility in South Windsor. The auction is pleased to have Konica Minolta Printing Solutions and Windsor Federal Savings as presenting sponsors with additional sponsorship by Walgreens Distribution Center and Griffin Land.

"Plan to bring your family, friends, neighbors, and business associates to share in the fun," says Bill Gombert Auction Committee Chair, "and support these essential non-profit organizations."  For more information, call 860-688-5165.  The Windsor Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit membership-driven organization providing businesses with networking opportunities, business services and more. Read more at