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Emerald Celebration

Adameks share spotlight with Presidents Cup

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Emerald Celebration honorees Bob and Sharon Adamek will have to share the spotlight at the Feb. 23 event.

The 31st Emerald Celebration, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Marriott Northwest, 5605 Blazer Pkwy., will honor the Adameks along with the community and the upcoming Presidents Cup.

Dublin Foundation Executive Director Jenn Dring said featuring the golf event that is expected to draw thousands to Dublin this fall was unavoidable.

"As we started planning the event, it always has a theme to it," Dring said, adding that a board member suggested doing something golf related.

"I didn't know a lot about the Presidents Cup, but it's such a charitable event," she said. "No one is paid. Everything is charity-focused."

Because the Emerald Celebration is the major fundraiser for the Dublin Foundation and helps provide grants to community organizations, Dring said the partnership was fitting.

"I had a lot of conversations with (Presidents Cup Director) Dan Sullivan and HNS about sponsoring the Emerald Celebration and making it part of the evening," Dring said.

"They really stepped up and agreed to be the sponsor of the event. We're very excited about that," she said.

The Presidents Cup involvement in the Emerald Celebration will include a short address from Sullivan during the dinner as well as some question and answer time during a VIP reception that runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The VIP reception will include wine and cheese pairings from areas of the world that golfers on the international Presidents Cup team come from as well as some time with Sullivan and other Presidents Cup organizers.

"It'll be a sneak peak," Dring said.

"People can ask questions, but we're hoping to keep it real casual and more of a social event," Dring said.

At the 6:30 p.m. cocktail hour that starts the Emerald Celebration, Dring said the Adameks will be honored along with the work the Dublin Foundation has done.

"At cocktail hour we'll show off who we have been giving grants to," she said.

"We gave money to the Dublin Robotics Boosters so one of the LEGO robotics teams will build a robot that putts.

"People can putt against a robot and see how they do against it. The Dublin Arts Council has been generous enough to let us show a few photographs from the Shifting Perspectives exhibit that we helped fund."

The community will also be a focus of the Emerald Celebration.

"It's the 31st year for the Emerald Celebration so we're really honoring the past," Dring said.

"It's not just about golf, but also that Dublin got started when Muirfield Village was being built and Ashland got its headquarters here.

"It seems very fitting since Muirfield Village played such a huge role in starting Dublin and they're playing a large role in the future with the international exposure we'll get at the Presidents Cup."

The evening will also include dinner and music as the ballroom doors open at 7:30 p.m. Dinner will include stations of food rather than the usual, plated dinner, Dring said.

Mojo Flow will offer music starting at 8 p.m. and a raffle will be held after dinner.

"We have a $2,000 cash prize, Memorial Tournament packages (and) a foursome of golf from Wedgewood Country Club," Dring said of the raffle. Tickets for the raffle are $20 apiece or three for $50.

According to Dring, you do not have to be present to win the raffle, so people unable to attend the Emerald Celebration can purchase raffle tickets online at DublinFoundation.org.

Tickets to the Emerald Celebration are $125. Deals for tables are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to Dublin Foundation.org.

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