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Chamber fundraiser draws inspiration from Derby

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The Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce is sounding the call to the post for its premier spring event.

Talk Derby to Me will be a daytime event planned around the Kentucky Derby.

The event will take place from 2 to 6:30 p.m. May 3 at Bar 145, 995 W. Fifth Ave. in Columbus.

"We wanted to mix it up with a new theme after our first spring event last year," chamber Director Michelle Wilson said. "I was wanting to do something with a bourbon and cigar theme, because that is such a hot trend right now. When I met the guys from Bar 145, I thought that would be perfect location for a Derby-themed event. Their motto is that they specialize in burgers, bands and bourbon."

Bar 145 will line up a band to play at the event and will serve bourbon, as well as plan a special Southern-style menu, Wilson said.

A photo booth will be set up and attendees will be able to watch the Derby on Bar 145's bank of televisions, she said. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

Ladies are encouraged to wear their Derby hats and gentlemen to don pastels and bowties.

"We would love to have people come dressed up for the occasion, but it's not a requirement," Wilson said. "We want to keep it as Derby-themed as we can. We will have a best-hat contest and something for the men as well -- perhaps a best-bowtie competition."

The spring event benefits the chamber's Gregory A. Kidwell Scholarship Fund and Joelle M. Khouzam Workforce Development Fund.

Each year, the chamber awards $1,000 scholarships to two students who plan to attend college to recognize their academic achievements, community involvement and stewardship at their school, Wilson said.

The Workforce Development Fund provides money area businesses can use to compensate high school students who participate in internships or apprenticeships.

"We want to encourage businesses to bring in students to get some workplace experience in a field they may be interested in," Wilson said. "Perhaps it can contribute to building a relationship leading to a job or another internship for the student at that business."

The cost for Talk Derby to Me is $60 per person.

The ticket price includes admission, valet parking, live music, food and two beverages; a cash bar also will available.

For reservations, select "Talk Derby to Me" from the calendar on the events tab at grandviewchamber.org.

"There are a limited number of tickets available, so we encourage people to send their RSVPs early," Wilson said.

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