A record of 282 people attended the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation's annual gala Saturday as the event marked its 20th year.

A record of 282 people attended the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation's annual gala Saturday as the event marked its 20th year.

"We're still tallying up the figures, but we'll raise a near record amount of money, if not an all-time record," said Janet Callison, who served as co-chair of this year's gala with Elaine Broderick and Sharla Thomas.

The gala was held Jan. 28 at the Ohio Union on the OSU campus.

The evening included recognition of every person who has served on the foundation board or chaired a gala during the past 20 years, Callison said.

"We also recognized Debbie and Jim Waddell, who have attended every single gala, and Rick Ross, who has served on the board all 20 years," she said.

The gala's theme of "gh20" was represented by watery decorations that included blue and sea green colors, Callison said. Volunteer Janey Gentile created all of the print materials used for the decorations, she said.

A jazz combo comprised of Grandview Heights High School students entertained before dinner and The Fabulous Johnson Brothers performed after dinner.

"The Johnson Brothers rocked the house," Callison said. "In keeping with the water theme, we brought out beach balls for the after-dinner dance that people enjoyed batting around and we had flip-flops so the women could kick off their high heels and really have fun."

Tim Treasure and John Evans again hosted the live and silent auctions.

One item - a dinner prepared at the winning bidder's home by Kent Rigsby of Rigsby's and including a mixology class led by Greg Lehman of Watershed Distillery - brought in a bid of $6,000, Callison said.

The gala serves as the main fundraiser for the foundation, which awards grants for programs and expenses not covered in the school district's budget.