The first United Nations Holiday Gala will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Dec. 2, at the Aladdin Shrine Event and Conference Center, 3850 Stelzer Road.

The first United Nations Holiday Gala will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Dec. 2, at the Aladdin Shrine Event and Conference Center, 3850 Stelzer Road.

The event celebrates the cultural diversity represented in the city of Columbus. Activities will include an international cook-off, music, artistic performances and fashion from several countries and regions around the world.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to World Hunger Relief 2011. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Advance tickets are $20 and may be purchased online at ishopcentralohio.com. Tickets will be $25 the day of the event.

Dreams/White Cottage, Goumas Candy, La Paloma, Licking County Arts, Midland Theatre, Newark Monument, Rent a Center and Sutton Law Office.

For more information, visit www.downtownnewark.com or email memorylane37@windstream.net.