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18th Annual Tailgate Auction Celebrates Education in Duck Spirit

Annual Tailgate Auction brings education and business communities together to raise funds for students

On September 4, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the 2014 football season at the 18th annual Tailgate Auction. A portion of event proceeds will benefit local students by supporting the work of the LCC Foundation, Springfield Education Foundation and the Springfield Campus Bound program, a partnership of Springfield schools and the University of Oregon. Remaining funds will go to supporting education and business programs through the Springfield Chamber.

Held at the Hilton Eugene & Conference Center from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, the event offers silent and live auctions, a dessert dash and a fun "game-day" atmosphere.
The Tailgate Auction has a long and successful history of raising funds for local scholarship, education and business programs. Over the past seventeen years, community members have contributed over $1 million to these programs through the event.

With three education beneficiaries, the Tailgate Auction has a renewed commitment to education. The Lane Community College Foundation will use funds in their Student Success program to help students at LCC reach their goals and complete their degrees. Proceeds will also help the Springfield Education Foundation's efforts to strengthen Springfield Public Schools. The third education beneficiary is the Campus Bound program that facilitates a visit for 7th grade Springfield School District Students to the University of Oregon campus and Alumni Center.

In addition, education programs through the Springfield Chamber serve over 2,000 Springfield students from elementary to high school. These programs include the workshop: "Problem Solving in the Work Place", an elementary program called the "The Real Game of Life" middle and high school career days and a scholarship program for Thurston and Springfield High School students wishing to attend the UO or Lane Community College.

More information about our beneficiaries
Lane Community College Foundation: http://www.lanecc.edu/foundation/
Springfield Education Foundation: http://www.springfieldeducationfoundation.org/

Additional Contacts:
Jeff Nelson, 18th Annual Tailgate Auction Event Co-Chair 541.746.8451, jeffn@subutil.com
Mike Eyster, 18th Annual Tailgate Auction Event Co-Chair 541.346.8393, meyester@uoregon.edu
Dan Egan, President & C.E.O., Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce 541.746.1651, dan@springfield-chamber.org

About the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce is an active leader in promoting a healthy and prosperous community. We encourage and welcome businesses to our community and provide networking opportunities, educational scholarships, and leadership training for individuals and for the business community.

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