Dublin Villager

Revamped Emerald Celebration to debut April 26

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A new date and location could breathe new life into a longtime Dublin fundraiser.

Tickets to the Dublin Foundation's Emerald Celebration are close to selling out after the event was moved to a new month and venue for its 32nd year.

The Emerald Celebration will begin with cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, followed by dinner and dancing at 7:30 p.m. at Midwestern Auto Group, 6335 Perimeter Loop Road.

"I think the fact that it's in conjunction with MAG's opening and they're bringing in people from Germany has certainly been helpful," said Marlen Mathias, a foundation board member and event organizer.

She said the event is expected to sell out. "It's just a different venue this year," Mathias said.

"It's been at the hotel a few years. This is something new.

"It gets stale after a while so we thought we would perk things up," she said

A VIP cocktail party, which will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., will be held in MAG's Audi building.

The general admission cocktail party and dinner will be at the Mini and BMW buildings, Mathias said.

The VIP cocktail party costs a little more to attend, but will have some German automakers brought in by MAG, Mathias said.

"It'll be a little bit smaller and more intimate," she said.

Along with a new venue, Emerald Celebration guests might notice a few other changes, including doing away with an honoree this year.

"The event is dressed up a bit," Mathias said. "We're going to have a red carpet when you walk in to feel like a celebrity.

"There is valet parking and a little splashier an entrance."

After dinner, a new band will entertain the crowd: central Ohio-based Lt. Dan's New Legs.

"We'll have a video on the charities we've donated to," Mathias said.

"But otherwise it will still be a nice cocktail party with a musician, dinner and dancing. We've just dressed it up a bit."

Despite the changes, the Emerald Celebration remains the biggest fundraiser for the Dublin Foundation, which gives grant to local organizations that work to better life in the area.

Over the past few years, the Dublin Foundation has given funding to the Dublin Food Pantry and Welcome Warehouse to give mattresses to people who don't have them.

"It's our biggest fundraiser and right now the only fundraiser," Mathias said.

"There could be other little ones. We may shake it up and have a few others, but at the moment this is the biggest and only."

Tickets to the Emerald Celebration are $125 and can be purchased online at dublinfoundation.org.

Mathias urged people not to wait too long to get tickets.

"We'd love to have everyone come and attend, but don't wait too much longer," she said.

"We really put a lot of time and effort into it.

"There will be a raffle, wine pull and other fun events happening during the evening," Mathias said.

"It's a great function for Dublin."

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