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Whetstone music fundraiser returns to Clintonville

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Whetstone High School's Night of Entertainment fundraiser for the school's Music Boosters will take place Sunday, Feb. 9, at a new venue.

Anand Saha, owner of Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe, has agreed to host the event. Organizers had initially considered delaying it due to sluggish ticket sales.

Saha indicated Monday, Feb. 3, that brisk ticket sales over the weekend led to the decision to go ahead with the fundraiser in the ballroom of his restaurant, 4784 N. High St.

It will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

Tickets cost $15 and are available in advance only. For tickets, email Beth Wilson at jscruffy41@sbcglobal.net or contact Patsy Carringer at 614-846-3734 orby emailing pscarringer@yahoo.com.

The fundraiser, held last year at St. John Chrysostom on Cleveland Avenue, will include a silent auction, said Carringer, a member of the committee organizing the Night of Entertainment.

"It's going to be wonderful," she said.

Saha said he hopes his new, larger restaurant will be home to the Night of Entertainment for many years to come.

"I opened the store with the arts in mind," he said last week. "I literally did open it not only for profit but also to help support the arts community. Especially in Clintonville, we have some fantastic, great talent here. This is my way of helping my neighborhood."

Saha added the 13,000-square-foot building is far larger than is needed for his restaurant, but the space has allowed him to invite the Columbus Symphony and the Whetstone High School jazz band to perform there in the past. After the jazz band performed, Saha said he told the members not to hesitate if they ever wanted to use his restaurant again.

"They did call me and I said, 'Let's do it,' " Saha said. "I hope the community gets out to support it."

The fundraiser, sponsored by the Whetstone Music Boosters, will include jazz, instrumental, vocal and piano performances celebrating band director Rick Burkart's 35-year-career at the school.

Pastries, canapes and beverages will be available during the event.

Those who attend may start taking their seats at 6:30 p.m., according to a flier.

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